According to the Bristol Post, Bristol City were keen on signing Shinnie with the midfielder leaving Aberdeen at the end of his contract last season. He ultimately joined the Rams on a three-year deal.
The Rams were one game away from reaching the Premier League last season, narrowly losing in the Championship playoff final to Aston Villa.
Shinnie agreed to join Derby while Frank Lampard was in charge. However, Lampard has since joined Chelsea and his replacement Phillip Cocu has his own ideas and the Scotland international seemingly doesn’t fit in.
Shinnie started games in pre-season and the recent Carabao Cup tie at Scunthorpe United. But he has yet to make an appearance in the Championship, and Cocu’s latest comments suggests he isn’t ready.
Derby have George Evans, Tom Huddlestone, Krystian Bielik, Kieran Dowell and exciting academy ace Jason Knight ahead of him in the midfield pecking order. Cocu’s focus is to develop youngsters with Max Bird and Louie Sibley also knocking on the door. It doesn’t bode well for Shinnie.
Bristol City, meanwhile, are light on midfield options with Marlon Pack joining Cardiff City in the transfer window. Manager Lee Johnson has had to change his system early on this season to patch up his side.
The Robins signed Adam Nagy and the highly-rated Han-Noah Massengo, but both foreign players have no experience of English football and Johnson is likely to ease them in to the first team picture.
Shinnie would have almost been guaranteed at regular start at Ashton Gate. At Derby, it’s difficult to see where he is going to get in and opportunities could be few and far between this season.
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