RYAN CHRISTIE has admitted that Derek McInnes’ decision to turn down the Sunderland manager’s job convinced him to return to Pittodrie on a season-long loan from Celtic.
Christie spent the second half of the season at Aberdeen and won the club’s Young Player of the Year award. He scored in the Scottish Cup semi-final victory over Hibs but was unable to play in the Final as his home club Celtic were the opponents.
Christie has been given the number 22 jersey for the new season and is relishing the prospect of working with McInnes again.
“I didn’t want to make a decision until I knew the manager was staying,” he revealed.
“When the news broke that he was staying, it was a shock to a lot of people in Scottish football but it is brilliant news.
“For a few years people have jumped ship whenever an offer has come in from England.
“He called me to say he had made up his mind to stay at Aberdeen and he wanted me on board.
“As soon as I heard that my mind was made up that I wanted to come back.”
Jonny Hayes moved in the other direction, completing a £1.3million transfer to Celtic.