Graeme Shinnie sees reasons to be cheerful for the future at Aberdeen

Graeme Shinnie celebrates after scoring Aberdeen's second against Livingston
Graeme Shinnie celebrates after scoring Aberdeen's second against Livingston -Credit:SNS Group

Aberdeen skipper Graeme Shinnie believes they have the nucleus of a strong squad which can hit the ground running next season.

The Dons are looking to finish a largely disappointing league season on a high as they chase a fifth consecutive win when they take on Ross County in Dingwall on Sunday.

Aberdeen found consistency too late to make the top six but caretaker manager Peter Leven has overseen an eight-match unbeaten run in the Premiership.

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Shinnie believes that will give incoming manager Jimmy Thelin solid foundations to build on when he arrives in the coming weeks.

“The way we are playing now the new manager knows what this team is capable of,” the midfielder said on the club’s website.

“Every season, players come and go, especially at a club like Aberdeen. There are some top, top players here and we know that attracts interest. There will be ins and outs, whatever that will be.

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“The good part of that is there is a good core of a team here. Last year we signed something like 15 players so there was a big turnaround. It might not be as big as that next season, which will definitely help.

“Going into the new season off a good strong end to this season brings a good buzz.”

County have a lot more to play for on Sunday given they are only two points ahead of St Johnstone, who have a superior goal difference and finish off the season at Motherwell.

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But Shinnie said: “We want to finish the season strongly, the fans deserve it. We want it for them and they will back us again in their massive numbers. It is important for us to go up with the right attitude.

“Ross County have been really good at home under the new manager (Don Cowie). We know what they are capable of.

“We know what it is about, they have a lot still to fight for which is good because it means that we have to play at the top of our game as well.”