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Max Lowe talks up Graeme Shinnie’s Derby days

Max Lowe is returning to Derby County.
Max Lowe is returning to Derby County.

Aberdeen defender Max Lowe reckons Dons captain Graeme Shinnie will fit in perfectly at Derby County.

Shinnie will join Lowe’s parent club Derby County in the summer, with the potential for the two to be reunited at Pride Park for the 2019-20 season.

Lowe revealed that Shinnie had already been sounding him out for advice ahead of his potential move, with Rams staff also picking his brains about the qualities the Scotland international will bring.

Shinnie signed off his Pittodrie career on Friday night with a 2-1 win against Hearts, in which he made an unexpected return from an ankle injury to skipper the Dons.

He is due to join Derby in June on a three-year deal and Lowe said Derby will be getting a player to take the league “by storm.”

He said: “He is going to fit in perfectly.

“With his performances here, he has carried us in certain games like St Johnstone, where he scored two class goals.

“He is a player the fans will appreciate and the gaffer back at home knows his qualities. I am buzzing to see him play in a Derby shirt because I think he will take that league by storm.

“His energy levels to get around the pitch are unbelievable.

“I am not going to lie, the Championship is a tough league. It is up here as well and it took me a while to get up to speed because I struggled early on. I took a lot of confidence from Shinnie and watching him play, by getting in tackles and around the pitch.

“He is not going to struggle and I am backing him like a lot of the lads have said. I don’t think it would be a surprise if he goes there and really rips it up.”

The Rams may well be a Premier League club by the time both players head to Derby, although they were beaten 1-0 in the first leg of their Championship semi-final play-off against Leeds United on Saturday.

Lowe joked that he recommended Shinnie as a top central midfielder rather than left-back – his own position – as he hailed him as one of the best players he had played alongside.

Lowe added: “He was mentioned not by the gaffer but people at Derby. They know he is a good player.”

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