Glasgow Rangers are understood to have been beaten to the signing of Aberdeen mdfielder Graeme Shinnie, according to the Football Insider website.

There have been rumours abound over where the Scotland international will be playing his football next season for quite a while, with a number of clubs said to be interested in securing his services, which would be available on a free transfer.

Rangers were understood to be one of them, as Steven Gerrard looks to build a squad capable of sustaining a genuine title challenge next season.

Shinnie can play on the left side of the defence and is also able to be utilised in the heart of the midfield, and that versatility is something that the Gers are believed to be looking for.

Rangers had publicly denied their interest in the 27-year-old, but internally there have been talks over whether a move for the utility man would indeed be possible, and an initial offer was said to have been placed on the table.

However it seems that none of that matters now, with the defender said to have agreed to join Championship outfit Derby County on a free transfer in the summer, leaving the Gers to look for other options to bolster their squad.

It was understood that as well as Rangers, Bristol City, Sheffield United and Luton Town were all interested in his services, with the latter offering the Aberdeen star the chance to link up with his brother, however he is believed to have been shown around Pride Park ahead of signing for the Rams.

Gerrard brought a number of names into Ibrox last summer as he began reshaping the squad to get it ready for a title challenge, and having since his side lead the way at one point only to fade the longer the season has gone on, we should expect plenty more incomings at the end of the season, but it appears Shinnie will not be one of them.

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