Rangers have pulled out of the race to sign Graeme Shinnie as he closes in on a free transfer to Derby County, Football Insider understands.

Football Insider revealed last month that the English Championship outfit 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 in images circulating on social media over the last 24 hours.

The likes of Sheffield United and Bristol City have made offers for Shinnie, but a source close to the club has told Football Insider that Derby have leapfrogged their Championship rivals and a deal is close to being agreed for the Scotland international’s signature.

The source added that Rangers have accepted defeat in their pursuit of the wide man after his availability on a free alerted their director of football Mark Allen.

Left-back Shinnie, who can also play in midfield, has yet to agree a new deal at Aberdeen and he has been free to talk to other clubs since January.

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His versatility and experience are attractive to clubs north and south of the border, and the Dons privately accept he is bringing his four-year association with the club to an end.

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