One of the more interesting stories to come out of the January transfer window is Gary Mackay-Steven being linked with MLS giants New York City FC. According to the Scotsman, GMS could be heading to NYC.

9th November 2018, Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Aberdeen versus Hibernian; Gary Mackay-Steven of Aberdeen celebrates after scoring the opening goal in minute 40  (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

With his Aberdeen contract set to expire in the summer, the winger is free to talk to other clubs.

So, is he going to switch the Granite City for the Big Apple? 

BRONX, NY - NOVEMBER 04: David Villa #7 of New York City goes to take the throw in during the 2018 Major League Soccer Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Semi-Final Leg 1 match between New York City FC and Atlanta FC at Yankee Stadium on November 04, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York.  Atlanta United won the match with a score of 1 to 0.  (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)

City are certainly an attractive offer. They’ve had some big names represent them in recent years, in one of the greatest cities in the world. Previously under the stewardship of Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, the club has also had the likes of Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa play for them.

What is for certain is that Aberdeen will miss him. He makes things happen and is often their man outlet. Always full of flair and trickery, GMS has also chipped in with three league goals this season. 

28th October 2018, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish League Cup football, semi final, Aberdeen versus Rangers; Graeme Shinnie of Aberdeen  celebrates with Gary Mackay-Steven of Aberdeen (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

His Betfred Cup final was unfortunately cut short by injury and is also the last time he featured for the Dons. What the fans will wonder is whether the winger believes he can help contribute to a successful season for Aberdeen. 

He’s never played outside Scotland in his senior career. Maybe now is the time for a new challenge and to join a few fellow Scots, such as former Dundee United teammate Johnny Russell, in Major League Soccer.

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