Shinnie dismisses Boyd's Aberdeen motivation claim pre-Rangers

Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie is confident his side can impress this weekend, but has rubbished Kris Boyd's claims it is because they are playing Rangers. 

The Sky Sports pundit criticised the Dons after they lost three stoppage-time goals in their 6-0 defeat at Celtic in their last match before the international break.

Boyd said Barry Robson's side would have "absolutely no problem in getting them up for the next game, that's for sure because Rangers are in town" as he slammed their "embarrassing" performance in the east end of Glasgow.

Ahead of Sunday's game against Philippe Clement's side, live on Sky Sports, Shinnie accepted for former Ibrox striker's criticism.

"I think he's just stating the obvious a little bit. It's disappointing, it's frustrating and it's embarrassing when you've been beat 6-0.

"When you have these defeats, you have to take them on the chin. We've had some very good results away from home and we received praise in those games but on the flip side we have to take the criticism when we don't play well in games, take it on board and look to turn things around.

"When you have defeats like that [losing 6-0 against Celtic], you should expect criticism of the team."