Aberdeen are reportedly in talks to bring Gary Mackay-Steven back to the club, but they face competition for the player’s signature.

It has been reported that the player is in talks with Aberdeen, however Hearts are also interested in bringing the 30-year-old back to Scotland.

Mackay-Steven left Aberdeen to join New York City FC. But he left the club at the end of the MLS season after his contract expired. Therefore, he is a free agent. The winger, who won three Premiership titles with Celtic, spent two years at Aberdeen under Derek McInnes before moving to America.

Dons boss knows player well

Therefore, he is a player that the Dons boss knows very well. It is easy to see why he would consider bringing the player back to the club.

Gary Mackay-Steven in action for Aberdeen (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson also knows Mackay-Steven well. He was a player at Dundee United when Mackay-Steven made his breakthrough into the Tannadice first-team.


He would be eager to bring Mackay-Steven into his Hearts squad which is currently aiming to win promotion back to the Premiership.

A player of Mackay-Steven’s ability could be very influential in the Championship, should he decide to move to Hearts.

Been a success at various clubs

It would not be a shock to see more teams interested in the player. He had successful spells at both Dundee United and Celtic. He also did well at Aberdeen. The move to New York might not have worked out, but that doesn’t take away from the player’s ability.

Gary Mackay-Steven is a free agent after leaving New York City FC (Photo by Andrew Katsampes/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

At the moment though, it seems like Aberdeen are in the driving seat to sign the player. Only time will tell if he is pulling on a red shirt sometime this month.

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