MARK REYNOLDS has heaped praise upon his on-loan teammate, Ryan Christie calling his ‘one of the best players he’s worked with’.

The 22-year-old spent the second half of last season at Pittodrie, scoring seven goals, and is currently enjoying a year-long loan with the Dons with one goal.

The Celtic-loanee has been an integral part of the Aberdeen side and 30-year-old Reynolds believes that having class in the ranks will improve the squad.

“I have played with good players, been involved in international squads, but I can’t emphasise enough how much I rate Ryan.”

“He is the most complete player I have seen.

“As the squad has improved, it means that we are playing against top players every day in training.

“The strikers I am playing against are often better than what we are going to face at the weekend. If you are training against Ryan Christie, that keeps you focused.”

The Dons, who are second to Celtic on goal-difference, have added Greg Stewart and Stevie May to their striking options to join Adam Rooney, but it is Christie that has impressed Reynolds.

“He is so good on the ball, anywhere on the park. He finds space. His feet are a joke, his technique, his passing, he can run all day, he has got a bit of fight in him and a nasty streak. He has goals in him as well. I have made no secret of how highly I rate him. When we are playing well he can take us to that next level.

“Training with players of that ability keeps you switched on. You can’t afford to have an off day. You have to give your all or you get found out.”


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