Gordon Smith has suggested that Rangers-linked midfielder Graeme Shinnie should look to leave Aberdeen and play his football in England next season.
The Dons captain has been linked with a number of clubs including the likes of the Gers, Glasgow Celtic as well as English Championship side Derby County.
At 27-years-old Shinnie is now at the peak of his career. Aberdeen are unlikely to win any major silverware soon and so now is the right time for the player to ponder his next career move.
The reported Rangers target’s contract at Pittodrie comes to and end this summer and there will be no shortage of clubs flocking to try and secure the signature of Shinnie.
A move to either Celtic or Rangers could allow him the opportunity to get some trophies on his CV. However, a move to England with a Championship or Premier League side could allow him to test himself against more technically gifted opposition.
Shinnie has been a key player for the Aberdeen first-team and has made 33 Scottish Premiership appearances so far this season, scoring three goals and recording two assists.
In light of the reported Rangers target being linked with a move away from his current club, Smith feels that he should play in England next as this will allow the player to expand his footballing knowledge as well as earn higher wages.
Whether the Scotland international should choose playing for a Championship team over a leading Scottish club like Rangers is a strong debate on its own.
But whatever he decides to do, he should be respected as he is arguably now at the stage of his career during which he will play his best football.
“There are two things about it, firstly, you want to try and increase your football knowledge and experiences so when you retire you can say ‘I played in England too’,” Smith told PLZ Soccer.
“The second aspect would be the financial one. No doubt about it that the English teams, even in the Championship, are paying a lot more money that Scottish Premier League teams are paying.
“I would say to him the best thing to do in terms of his football experience I think it’s best he goes to England.”
Rangers are expected to splash the cash this summer as Gers boss Steven Gerrard looks to close the gap between the Ibrox outfit and rivals Celtic.