Aberdeen have completed the signing of Greg Stewart on loan until the end of the season – and it has left Killie boss Steve Clarke furious.

The attacker had been on loan at Rugby Park before being recalled by parent club Birmingham once the transfer window opened.

The Dons wasted no time in moving to bring Stewart back to Pittodrie until the end of the season.

Clarke said there was a “strange smell” surrounding the deal but admitted there was little he could do.

15th December 2018, Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Kilmarnock versus Dundee; Greg Stewart of Kilmarnock scores for 3-0 in the 79th minute

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But does the Killie boss have a point?

Despite Stewart’s form at Rugby Park, he was still a Birmingham player and City were picking up the bulk of his wages.

The loan system has been a boon for smaller clubs in recent years but there can be pitfalls.

With the loaning club only playing a percentage of the wages, they can’t have too many complaints when the player is recalled.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 08: Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke looks on during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park Stadium on December 8, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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If Clarke was so eager to keep the player then they should have made a move to sign him permanently.

There’s little doubt that Stewart was a fantastic signing for Killie but there was always the risk that Birmingham would look to recall him at the first available opportunity.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 13: Kieran Tierney of Celtic and Greg Stewart of Aberdeen in action during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 13, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With the attacker now headed to Pittodrie until the end of the season, it’s fair to assume the Dons offered better terms to Birmingham than Killie.

It might be unfair on clubs with smaller budgets but when they are only paying a small percent of a player’s wages they’re at the mercy of others.

It won’t be the last time it happens to someone and it’s difficult to have much sympathy for Killie.

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