ABERDEEN boss Derek McInnes is positive Graeme Shinnie will not be knocked out of his stride following his latest Scotland snub.
Former Aberdeen hero Gordon Strachan surprisingly overlooked the Dons defender for his squad to face England at Wembley in the crucial World Cup qualifier a week tomorrow.
Shinnie played in midfield in the 1-0 defeat against champions Celtic at the weekend and is likely to continue in the role in the Premiership game against Partick Thistle at Firhill tomorrow night.
But McInnes also rates his player at left-back and it looked as though Strachan might call him up on this occasion with Celtic’s Kieran Tierney and Hull City’s Andy Robertson both injured.
However, the Scots gaffer elected to give the nod to Swansea City’s Stephen Kingsley to battle it out with Rangers captain Lee Wallace for the No.3 position against Gareth Southgate’s team.
McInnes, said: “You always look out for players being involved, so I’m disappointed for Graeme more than anything.
“It will make him more determined to get himself into the frame. Sometimes things are worth waiting for and I’m sure that will be the case for him. Every player can get better, so he will work hard and keep doing what he is doing for us.
“He’s versatile and against certain opposition I think he’s better at left-back – and against others he’s better in the middle of the park.
“We signed him because I’d seen him play against us in midfield and was the best player on the park. He is someone who can do a number of jobs, he enjoys going into different roles.”