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SHINNIE IN RAMS TALKS

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ABERDEEN’S influential skipper Graeme Shinnie is holding talks with Championship outfit Derby County over a summer switch.

The 27-year-old Scotland international midfielder’s contract is up at the end of the season and it looks as though he is heading for the Pittodrie exit.

Shinnie travelled to the Midlands this week to talk with Pride Park manager Frank Lampard.

The Dons are eager to to hold onto one of their key performers, but a contract extension has not been signed so far with the campaign six weeks from conclusion.

Shinnie’s name has been linked with a host of clubs in recent times with Rangers, Sheffield United, Hull City, Bristol City, Sunderland and Wigan among them.

Lampard took in the Dons’ recent Premiership win over Motherwell, and is understood to be keen on getting a deal completed in the summer transfer window.

Shinnie is suspended for Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic after picking up two yellow cards in the quarter-final clashes against the Ibrox side..

He has played every minute of the current campaign and has made more than 180 appearances since joining from Inverness Caley Thistle in the summer of 2015.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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