Derby County midfielder Graeme Shinnie told the club’s official website he will play better with more minutes under his belt following his return from injury.

The former Aberdeen midfielder struggled to break in at the beginning of the season.

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An injury to Tom Huddlestone, however, saw Shinnie come in and make the midfield spot his own. Derby vastly improved while he was regularly playing in midfield.

But an injury against Preston North End back in November prompted another spell out. Shinnie was out for over ten weeks, making his return earlier this month.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the Scot promises an improvement.

I need to make sure my game is at the highest possible standard that it can be. I will get better as the games go on and I get more match fitness.

Graeme Shinnie’s place in the side is now under threat.

Following the arrival of Wayne Rooney and the emergence of Max Bird, Derby suddenly have plenty of options in midfield and the Rams can freshen things up.

Manager Phillip Cocu arguably still doesn’t know his strongest eleven.

Shinnie is currently back in the side playing alongside Rooney and Bird. The 28-year-old played the full 90 minutes against Fulham, posting six tackles.

(Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images).

Derby’s next encounter is a trip to Queens Park Rangers. The Rams have fared poorly in London this season, often conceding three goals when traveling south.

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