ABERDEEN have targeted Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven as they prepare for the new season.

Talks between the clubs are ongoing over a deal for the 26-year-old, who started only five games for the champions last season.

The Dons have taken Ryan Christie from the Hoops for a second season and Premiership rules bar more than one player being on loan from a rival club.

An attempt to sign Scotland international Shaun Maloney from Hull City stalled after the 34-year-old ex-Celt flagged up an injury problem.

A bid for Stevie May also fell foul of Simon Grayson’s departure from Preston to Sunderland, with new manager Alex Neil saying he wants to give the former St Johnstone striker a chance to win a regular first-team place following injury problems last season.

Mackay-Steven, who made a total of 10 appearances last season, joined Celtic in 2015 after rejecting a new contract with Dundee United.

The winger, who has one Scotland cap, was with Ross County, Liverpool and Fulham as a youth, but made his senior debut for Airdrie United before moving to Tannadice.

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