Derek McInnes has all but admitted that the chances of Gary Mackay-Steven returning to Aberdeen next season are gone.
The Dons manager has disclosed that he expects the winger to move to New York City FC in the MLS.
“Difficult to turn down”
“The New York City one will be difficult for him to turn down. If that plays out the way I think it may do then he will go there” McInnes said, as reported by the Daily Record.
Mackay-Steven admitted last month that he had not yet decided if he was going to make the decision to move to America.
The Dons boss admitted to the BBC recently he had ‘not closed the door’ on the player returning to Aberdeen.
However, things look to have moved on since then. The Scottish Sun reported that the deal to take Mackay-Steven to America was on.
Now McInnes seems to have confirmed that the player’s time at Aberdeen has come to an end.
Player will be missed
Aberdeen will miss Mackay-Steven. On his day he was an excellent player for the Dons. Unfortunately his last season for the club was heavily disrupted by injuries.
That shouldn’t take away from what he achieved before then though. The Dons have been busy in the transfer market this summer, so they may well have expected Mackay-Steven to depart.
That will not take away from the blow of losing Mackay-Steven though, especially on a free transfer. Still, all at Aberdeen will no doubt wish the player well for the future.