Hughes: Shinnie for Scotland

  • Last Updated: February 21 2014, 16:24 GMT

Inverness boss John Hughes admits he may have cost Graeme Shinnie his place in Gordon Strachan's squad for next month's friendly clash in Poland.

John Hughes: Admits playing the 22-year-old out of position
John Hughes: Admits playing the 22-year-old out of position

The Dark Blues manager has called up Dundee United left-back Andrew Robertson, but Hughes insists his defender Shinnie is better.

However, the Caley Thistle boss admits playing the 22-year-old out of position may have played into the hands of Arabs youngster Robertson.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's Scottish Premiership meeting with St Johnstone in Perth, Hughes told CaleyJagsTV: "The boy Robertson at United has been called up and he is a wonderful footballer who will have a great career, so it's a great decision to call him up to the Scotland squad.

"But at this moment in time, is he better than Graeme Shinnie? No he's not. The reason I feel that way is because I'm the manager of Inverness and I am biased.

"Maybe Gordon has not had the chance to see him because he's only played left-back three times since I came to the club. Graeme is that versatile that he's been playing right-back or in midfield. But he's been getting man-of-the-match awards playing in those positions.

"Now we are seeing him at left back you can see him rampaging up and down that line, getting crosses in. He's just a great footballer.

"There is no doubt he has a massive career in front of him and hopefully it will be for Inverness for a long time."

And Hughes appealed to Strachan to give Shinnie more thought before naming his next squad.

He joked: "My message to Gordon - who is a good friend of mine and who plays at the same golf club as I do - is that if he doesn't get Graeme in the squad he won't be getting a game of golf next time.

"He is worth a look at and that is all I'm saying. I'm quite sure Graeme will be on Gordon's radar. I'm just banging the drum for Inverness and Graeme. I have been in the game for 25 years and I will say it: Graeme Shinnie is one of the best left-backs in Scotland."

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