Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has revealed that he would like to extend attacker Ryan Christie’s stay at the club if possible.
Christie returned to the Dons on-loan until the end of the season as part of the transfer that took Jonny Hayes to Celtic.
Christie has been highly successful for the Dons so far this season, scoring five goals as they currently sit second in the Scottish Premiership table.
McInnes has admitted though that despite wanting to keep the player, what happens to the 22-year-old at the end of the season is up to Celtic.
“I am enjoying working with both Ryan and Greg [Stewart], so if there were any encouragement or opportunity to extend that working period with them it is something I would always be keen on,” he said, as quoted by the Evening Express.
When asked about a permanent deal, McInnes said: “It is too early to say that.”
Christie is not the only attacker at Parkhead who has had people speculating on his future as it has been widely reported that Moussa Dembele is attracting attention from south of the border.
Football Insider verdict
It is highly unlikely that Brendan Rodgers would sanction another load deal for Ryan Christie, particularly if midfielders will be leaving Celtic in the summer. The Hoops manager will want to take a proper look at the player and see if he is ready to compete for a first-team place. If Christie does end up going on loan again it may well be to an English side, to see how he fares in a league that’s probably more competitive than the Scottish Premiership, but it seems most likely that Christie will be pat of the Celtic squad next season.
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