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Rangers can scout potential Borna Barisic upgrade Graeme Shinnie in Scotland action after Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney drop out

Scotland manager Alex McLeish will be scratching his head after his two top class left-backs withdrew from the squad to face Kazakhstan.

Captain and Liverpool star Andrew Robertson is out because of a dental operation, while Celtic ace Kieran Tierney has a hip injury.

But this could pave the way for Aberdeen skipper Graeme Shinnie to fill in at left-back and show Rangers why he should be a target.

The 27-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has unsurprisingly been linked with a pre-contract move to Rangers (Daily Record).

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Originally in the squad to play in midfield, Shinnie could be McLeish’s starting left-back and this is an area where Rangers could strengthen.

Borna Barisic has had a hit-and-miss season with injuries and a loss of form, while Andy Halliday has also filled in at left-back.

There is a vacancy in this position and if Shinnie can impress during international duty, he could earn himself a move to Rangers.

Robertson and Tierney have made it very hard for any Scottish left-backs to impress for the national side so this is an opportunity Shinnie cannot waste.

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