By Harvey Byrne
Celtic attacker Gary Mackay-Steven is being eyed by Premiership rivals and second placed Aberdeen, according to a report.
The Express have claimed on their website that Dons boss Derek McInnes wants to replace the outgoing Niall McGinn with the Hoops’ 26-year-old on either a loan or permanent basis.
The one-time capped Scotland international has played a limited role in Brendan Rodgers’ team this season, but it is detailed that any move for Mackay-Steven will be the subject of his manager’s blessing with the wide player still with two years on his contract.
It is however reported that McInnes wants to revamp his squad and build on this season’s second-place finish and two cup final appearances and Mackay-Steven could be viewed as the perfect addition.
The Dons are already expecting to lose McGinn, Ryan Jack and Peter Pawlett this summer, but they have also secured a deal for Greg Tansey from Inverness, while they are closing in on a deal for ex-Celtic attacker Shaun Maloney.
Meanwhile, Mackay-Steven has struggled to get into a Celtic team containing Scott Sinclair and Patrick Roberts on the wing, while Moussa Dembele is also included in a star strung attack and he has played just 11 times in all competitions this campaign.
Football Insider verdict:
It is clear that Mackay-Steven’s days are numbered at Celtic and if the club are looking to progress in Europe then they simply must allow player’s of his standard to depart. The 26-year-old can do a solid job in Scottish football, but he is not a standout for the side and cannot compare alongside Scott Sinclair. Therefore, the Hoops should look to make more additions like the Englishman and allow players like Mackay-Steven, who are now part of the club’s past to depart to pastures new.
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