By Harvey Byrne
Aberdeen defender and captain Graeme Shinnie has strongly responded to Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha’s comments that his side were about to overtake the Dons in the Premiership standings.
The March appointment told in May that the Gers were on their way up, while Aberdeen were near the end of their “cycle.”
The comments understandably weren’t received well by the Dons camp and ahead of the Premiership season starting this weekend Shinnie has told that Caixinha’s words have not upset their own momentum and that it would be nice to prove him and others wrong once again by taking a top two spot.
“It doesn’t give us any more motivation than we already had. He’s probably just said that to upset the momentum we have and the morale in the team. But it won’t give us anything extra. It would be nice to prove him wrong, but we did that last year,” told Shinnie, as quoted by the Press and Journal.
“There were a lot of people saying Rangers were back and that they would finish second or first.
“But we don’t need that to motivate us. We know what’s in the squad and we will look to do the business.
“We don’t need to prove anything. We want to do well for ourselves and the supporters. We know the possibilities for this squad. We want to do the hard work and focus on ourselves, to try to achieve our goals.”
Rangers had a disappointing first season back in the Premiership with the Scottish giants slumping to a third placed finish and a massive 29 points behind winners Celtic.
Their placing also put them nine points behind Shinnie’s Aberdeen side as Caixinha was unable to make up the ground after Mark Warburton’s February exit.
Both Aberdeen and Rangers have gone under mass change since the end of the last campaign and the Dons will be hoping for similar success next season, while the Gers will be aiming to challenge fierce rivals Celtic at the top.
In other Rangers news, Dean Windass commented on the Gers fan base ahead of their friendly with Sheffield Wednesday.