Rangers have been beaten to the signing of Graeme Shinnie by Derby County after tabling an offer for the Aberdeen wide defender, Football Insider understands.
The club have privately distanced themselves from interest in the 27-year-old in recent weeks but that’s only because they knew attempts to entice him were set to fail.
An Ibrox source has told Football Insider that Rangers’ interest when learning the player had snubbed an extension to his Aberdeen contract, which expires this summer, was genuine.
Director of football Mark Allen held talks with Shinnie’s camp and an offer was put together that would have seen follow the likes of Scott Arfield and Allan McGregor in making a free transfer move to Ibrox in the last year.
It was felt just over a month ago that Rangers were well placed a get a deal done, before the sway of the English Championship proved too much for the Scotland international.
Looks like Jake Hastie will sign for Rangers from Motherwell. A bright young talent…. Shinnie deal could also happen.
— Darrell Currie (@darrellcurrietv) March 7, 2019
Football Insider revealed last month that Derby were leading the race to land the 27-year-old left-back ahead of the summer window.
Shinnie has been subsequently pictured being given a guided tour of Pride Park and Derby have now agreed personal terms with the player despite competing offers from Rangers, Sheffield United and Bristol City.
The versatile operator cannot sign a pre-contract at this stage, as the club’s accounts are being looked at by the Football League.
A ‘soft’ transfer embargo should be lifted later this week, enabling Derby manager Frank Lampard to make Shinnie his first signing ahead of the summer.
Left-back Shinnie, who can also play in midfield, has told Aberdeen he does not want to renew terms as he looks to bring his four-year association with the club to an end.
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