Hard Work Brings It's Own Rewards
The Andrew Shinnie story shows that all is not lost if you are released by a club
Terry Butcher believes Andrew Shinnie deserves the recognition he has enjoyed this week and his story personifies the Caley Thistle success story. Shinnie agreed a move from Inverness to Birmingham on a three-year deal on Monday before being named on a four-man shortlist for the PFA Scotland Player of the Year award on Wednesday. A dramatic change in circumstances of two years ago when he was without a club after being released by Rangers. Shinnie has scored 15 goals from his advanced midfield role this season and made his Scotland debut in a friendly win over Luxembourg in November.Butcher said: "It's an indication of what can happen here. He plays a trial game here, we get him on a two-year deal and he's been fantastic for us. And he's now got a good move to Birmingham. We'll wish him well then but there are still four games to go and he can have a major impact on how we finish and where we finish."Shinnie is joined in the Player of the Year list by Motherwell's Michael Higdon, Hibs' Leigh Griffiths and Niall McGinn of Aberdeen. Butcher said: "I'm surprised there's no Celtic players there but it's down to the players an their choices and I'm delighted Andy is there. When you get something like that it reflects well on the whole club let alone the team and Andrew Shinnie. He's been backed up by a wonderful team that enjoys the way Andy plays and wants to give him the ball. He's been responsible for some magic moments. I'm disappointed his brother (Graeme) is not in the young players' list - he has been one of the most consistent players in the SPL this season - but it's wonderful to have one there."
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