Aberdeen skipper Graeme Shinnie today claimed he is baffled at the backlash from his tackle on Celtic skipper Scott Brown in last season’s 1-0 win at Parkhead.
With a new season looming he wants to move on from that incident but warned he will be more than ready to go head to head with Brown in the upcoming Premiership campaign.
Shinnie, who is with the Reds at their pre-season training camp in Cork, was booked for a foul on Brown in the Dons’ 1-0 win in the final game of the Premiership.
In the aftermath of the Reds’ first league win at Parkhead since 2004, Brown hit out at Shinnie, claiming the Reds skipper “has not got great quality”.
Brown also claimed Shinnie’s challenge was “kind of a little boy’s tackle – waiting until I was past him”.
Shinnie said: “This is a new season, last season is done.
“It (the Scott Brown situation) has dragged on so much I can’t believe how much hype it has had.
“It was one bad tackle.
“I had 19 bookings last season and that one seems to be standing out the most.
“I can’t get my head around it that there was a big deal made out of it.
“It was what it was.
“I was away with Scotland and was getting asked about it but it is something that I am not bothered about. When the games (against Celtic) come around I will deal with it.
“We have bigger games before that such as Burnley in Europe which I need to focus on.”
Shinnie was given a few extra days off during the summer having been away on international duty with Scotland in South America. He earned a debut cap in the 2-0 loss to Peru and started the following game against Mexico, a 1-0 defeat.
While the rest of the Reds squad returned to training last Friday the club captain did not report for pre-season until this Monday.
Then he was straight on the flight to Ireland.
It has been a hectic summer for Shinnie with international duty, marriage, a holiday and a cancelled stag do.
He said: “It was a summer to remember for me.
“It was a weight off my shoulders to play for Scotland as I felt it was a long time coming.
“It was something I had worked towards.
“I was happy to give up my stag do to get caps.
“I worked so hard for it and took a few knocks while away with squads and not being able to pick up that first cap.
“To get two under my belt was massive and gave me a lift.
“To finally get a cap was a great thing and the experience of being in South America and playing at the Azteca Stadium is something I will never forget.
“Then I came home, got married and had a week away in Majorca.
“It was a whirlwind summer but now I am back into it at pre-season to get ready for big games ahead.”