BRENDAN RODGERS will give Ryan Christie the chance to be a hit with Celtic after opening talks on a contract extension.

The midfielder has spent the past 14 months on loan at Aberdeen and earned a Scotland international debut in the 1-0 loss to Holland in November.

The Hoops manager has now offered the 23-year-old a 12-month extension to his existing deal which runs until next summer.

Ex-boss Ronny Deila bought Christie from Inverness Caley Thistle for £500,000 in 2015 and he was initially loaned back to the Highlanders.

Dons boss Derek McInnes tried to buy the skilful playmaker last summer and would try again if Rodgers gave him any encouragement.

Meanwhile, Christie insisted the Pittodrie outfit expect to end the campaign as runners-up to his parent club in the Premiership.

He said: “It was our aim to finish second in the league.

“We’ve got a real chance and are confident we can fulfil that.”

Aberdeen’s fate is in their own hands after moving two points behind Sevco Rangers with a game in hand following their 1-0 win over Dundee at the weekend while Graeme Murty’s side went down by the same scoreline to Kilmarnock at Ibrox.

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