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Graeme Shinnie (born 4 August 1991) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays for, and captains, Aberdeen, as a left back or central midfielder.

Graeme Shinnie
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-08-04) 4 August 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left-back / Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Aberdeen
Number 3
Youth career
2008–2010 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2015 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 156 (6)
2010Forres Mechanics (loan)
2015– Aberdeen 143 (8)
National team
2012 Scotland U21 2 (0)
2018– Scotland[1] 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:14, 11 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:49, 7 February 2019 (UTC)

He has previously played for Inverness Caledonian Thistle and during his time there had a loan spell at Forres Mechanics. In May 2019 it was announced that he would join English club Derby County in July 2019.

Shinnie made his first full international appearance for Scotland in May 2018.

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CareerEdit

Inverness Caledonian ThistleEdit

Shinnie started his career playing for a boy's club in Aberdeen, alongside brother Andrew.[2] He joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle in July 2009, at the age of 17.[3] He made his senior debut for them in the Scottish League Cup on 1 August 2009, before making his League debut on 26 September 2009.[4]

Shinnie went on loan to Forres Mechanics in the Scottish Highland Football League in February 2010.[3][5] His loan spell was extended until the end of the season.[6] Shinnie was offered a contract extension by Inverness on 30 November 2010,[7] agreeing a 3-year deal on 13 December 2010.[8] He suffered an intestinal problem that stopped him from playing between January and August 2011.[9]

In the 2011–12 season, Graeme's brother Andrew joined Inverness on a free transfer from Rangers.[10] Shinnie scored his first goal of his Inverness career on 27 August 2011 in a 2–1 win over Kilmarnock and after the match, manager Terry Butcher expressed delighted for Shinnie on his first goal.[11] Following a 3–1 loss against Dundee United on 17 September 2011, captain Richie Foran spoken out about Shinnie, stating he was worthy of pass marks.[12] After two-months spell out for the side, Shinnie made his return in a 2–1 loss against Rangers on 17 December 2011. Despite the performance, Butcher praised the returning Shinnie and Lee Cox.[13] In December 2012, Shinnie signed a new contract extension, keeping him until 2015,[14] having vowed to remain at the club.[15]

In the 2014 Scottish League Cup Final, Shinnie played throughout the match until it went to a penalty shoot-out, won by opponents Aberdeen.[16] He was selected in the 2013–14 Premiership PFA Scotland Team of the Year.[17] In April 2015, Shinnie helped Inverness to reach the Scottish Cup Final;[18] Caley went on to win the trophy, beating Falkirk 2–1 on 30 May 2015, with Shinnie lifting the trophy as captain in his last game for the club.[19][20]

AberdeenEdit

In January 2015 it was announced that Shinnie had signed a three-year contract with Aberdeen, despite interest from Football League Championship clubs, and would join the club when the summer transfer window opened in June 2015.[21] He made his competitive debut for Aberdeen on 2 July 2015, against FK Shkëndija in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.[22] He scored his first goal for Aberdeen on 9 August 2015, in a 2–0 league win against Kilmarnock.[23]

Shinnie signed a new contract with Aberdeen in January 2017, which is due to run until summer 2019.[24] In May 2017 he was made team captain, after it was announced that Ryan Jack had signed a pre-contract agreement with Rangers.[25] In May 2019 it was announced that Shinnie would join English club Derby County in July 2019 on a free transfer, signing a three-year contract.[26] During his four-year spell at Pittodrie, he took part in three finals (the 2016–17 and 2018–19 League Cup finals, and the 2017 Scottish Cup Final), losing to Celtic on each occasion. In the Premiership, Aberdeen finished runners-up to Celtic three times.[26]

International careerEdit

Shinnie made his debut for the Scotland national under-21 football team in April 2012.[27] On 29 September 2015, he was called up to the senior squad by Alex McLeish for games against Poland and Gibraltar.[28] He was called up again in October 2017,[29] and in May 2018.[30]

Shinnie made his full Scotland debut on 29 May 2018, in a 2–0 defeat to Peru.[31] In March 2019 he was selected to play at left-back in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match away to Kazakhstan, but was at fault for one of the goals as Scotland lost 3–0; in the aftermath, Shinnie acknowledged that he had performed poorly and would be unlikely to be selected again once Andy Robertson and Kieran Tierney were available.[32]

Personal lifeEdit

Shinnie is the younger brother of fellow footballer Andrew Shinnie, who joined him at Inverness in 2011.[9] The first time that the two brothers faced each other in a competitive game was in a 2016–17 Scottish Cup semi-final, between Andrew's Hibernian and Graeme's Aberdeen.[33] The brothers grew up in Cove Bay and attended Kincorth Academy.[34]

Playing styleEdit

Originally a left back at Inverness, Shinnie plays primarily as a central midfielder at Aberdeen.[35]

Career statisticsEdit

As of 11 May 2019[4]
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2009–10 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 0
2010–11 19 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 23 0
2011–12 26 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 30 1
2012–13 37 0 3 0 4 1 0 0 44 1
2013–14 36 3 4 0 4 0 0 0 44 3
2014–15 37 2 6 1 0 0 0 0 43 3
Total 156 6 18 1 12 1 1 0 187 8
Aberdeen 2015–16 37 1 1 0 1 0 6 0 45 1
2016–17 36 2 5 1 4 0 6 0 51 3
2017–18 35 2 4 1 2 0 4 1 45 4
2018–19 35 3 5 0 3 1 2 0 45 4
Total 143 8 15 2 10 1 18 1 186 12
Career total 299 14 33 3 22 2 19 1 373 20

HonoursEdit

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Graeme Shinnie". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  2. ^ "League Cup Final: Inverness star Graeme Shinnie out to make Aberdeen pay for snubbing him as a kid". Daily Record. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Profile". Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  4. ^ a b Graeme Shinnie at Soccerbase
  5. ^ "Home form keeps title hopes alive". Inverness Courier. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Winger loan deal blocked". Inverness Courier. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Nick Ross and Graeme Shinnie offered Inverness deals". BBC Sport. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  8. ^ "Graeme Shinnie extends contract with Caley Thistle". BBC Sport. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
  9. ^ a b "Terry Butcher praises comeback by Graeme Shinnie". BBC Sport. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  10. ^ "Andrew Shinnie and Josh Meekings to join Inverness". BBC Sport. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  11. ^ "Terry Butcher delighted for Inverness goal hero Graeme Shinnie after illness almost cut short is career". Daily Record. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  12. ^ "Inverness CT skipper Richie Foran: Graeme was a Shinnie example to us all". Daily Record. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  13. ^ "Butcher praises young duo". Inverness Courier. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  14. ^ "Graeme Shinnie & Josh Meekings sign new Inverness deals". BBC Sport. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  15. ^ "Inverness ace Graeme Shinnie vows to sign new deal after club stood by him during injury hell". Daily Record. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  16. ^ "Aberdeen 0 – 0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle". BBC Sport. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  17. ^ "Celtic and Dundee United trios in SPFL Premiership team of year". BBC Sport. 18 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  18. ^ "Inverness CT: Graeme Shinnie eyes Scottish Cup-winning finale". BBC Sport.
  19. ^ a b Lamont, Alasdair (30 May 2015). "Inverness CT 2–1 Falkirk". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  20. ^ Lamont, Alasdair (31 May 2015). "Graeme Shinnie signs off from Inverness in 'the best way'". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  21. ^ "Shinnie deal". www.afc.co.uk. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  22. ^ Spence, Jim (2 July 2015). "Shkendija 1–1 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  23. ^ Davie, Scott (9 August 2015). "Aberdeen 2–0 Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  24. ^ "Graeme Shinnie signs Aberdeen contract until 2019". BBC Sport. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  25. ^ Mackenzie, Alasdair (23 May 2017). "Graeme Shinnie to replace Ryan Jack as Aberdeen captain for Scottish Cup final clash with Celtic". The Herald. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  26. ^ a b "Graeme Shinnie: Aberdeen captain signs pre-contract with Derby County". BBC Sport. 7 May 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  27. ^ "Scotland U21 1–4 Italy U21". BBC Sport. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  28. ^ "Scotland: Shinnie & Rhodes called up for Euro 2016 qualifiers". BBC Sport. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  29. ^ "Scotland: Interim manager Malky Mackay calls up three new faces for friendly". BBC Sport. 30 October 2017.
  30. ^ "Scotland pick Johnny Russell plus seven uncapped players including Lewis Stevenson & Lewis Morgan". BBC Sport. 14 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  31. ^ Lamont, Alasdair (30 May 2018). "Peru 2–0 Scotland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  32. ^ Lindsay, Matthew (21 March 2019). "Graeme Shinnie: Blame me for sorry Kazakhstan debacle – I won't get back in the Scotland team". Evening Times. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  33. ^ "Hibernian v Aberdeen: Graeme and Andrew Shinnie vie for Scottish Cup final place". BBC Sport. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  34. ^ "Aberdeen school pride as Shinnie brothers prepare for first competitive battle". Evening Express. 18 April 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  35. ^ "Scotland call ups a 'laughing stock', says Kris Boyd". BBC Sport. 7 November 2017.