DEREK McINNES is hoping to make Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie’s loan move to Aberdeen permanent.

The Dons boss has arranged two temporary deals with the Highlander in consecutive seasons and the skilful playmaker is now a key man in his squad.

Scotland Under-21 star Christie will enter the final 12 months of his Parkhead contract after being signed for £500,000 from Inverness Caley Thistle in September 2015 on a four-year deal by Ronny Deila.

It’s understood McInnes tried to secure the player on a permanent basis last summer after his initial loan period, but Brendan Rodgers knocked back the offer.

However, the Pittodrie gaffer will attempt again to sign him for good in the summer should the Hoops decide to offload him.

McInnes said: “The plan is for Ryan to go back to Celtic at the end of the season.

“But if we are told any different to that then, of course, I would like the opportunity to work with him again.

“It is Celtic and Ryan’s call. However, he has been a brilliant addition to us in his loan spells.”

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