By Danny Wright
Aberdeen have confirmed that they have signed Gary Mackay-Steven from Celtic.
The Dons announced on their official Twitter account and their official website on Wednesday night that the 26-year-old had penned a two-year deal with the club after the Hoops agreed the terms to his sale.
— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) July 12, 2017
Mackay-Steven could make his Aberdeen debut as early as Thursday night, as he is allowed to be registered in the squad for the Europa League clash with Bosnian outfit NK Siroki Brijeg at Pittodrie.
The winger has become Derek McInnes’ fifth signing of the summer, following Greg Tansey, Ryan Christie, Greg Stewart and Nicky Maynard, who have also joined the Scottish Premiership runners-up.
Mackay-Steven failed to earn much game time under Brendan Rodgers at Celtic Park last season, as he made just 11 appearances in all competitions, only five of which were starts.
His move to Aberdeen brings to an end a two-and-a-half-year stay at Parkhead and in total had scored ten goals and supplied 11 assists in 63 appearances for the Hoops and was a part of the squads that lifted the 2014/15 and 2015/16 Scottish Premiership titles.
Football Insider Verdict
Aberdeen look to have got themselves a replacement for Jonny Hayes after he became Celtic’s first summer signing. Mackay-Steven was simply not in the plans of Rodgers, which can be totally justified as players like Scott Sinclair, Callum McGregor and Patrick Roberts ran riot on the wings last term. Mackay-Steven is likely to flourish at Pittodrie. He was always a bit of an underwhelming player for the Bhoys, but a step down to McInnes’ side could be just what is in order to kick his career back into life. The sale of the 26-year-old winger should help Rodgers balance the books a bit more, but the rest of the summer will probably just revolve around keeping hold of his best players.
In other Celtic news, this 21-year-old has become the Hoops’ latest signing.