Ryan Christie hailed by Derek McInnes for scoring stunning goal of the season contender

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

Aberdeen hammered Motherwell 7-2 on Wednesday evening.

Ryan Christie celebrates scoring the sixth goal for CelticCeltic's Ryan Christie

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has told the club's official website that Ryan Christie's goal in the 7-2 win over Motherwell was 'top drawer'.

Christie, 21, was signed by Celtic from Inverness Caledonian Thistle having impressed with his hometown club, but he struggled for first-team football under Brendan Rodgers this season.

With just seven appearances, Christie needed playing time, and Celtic unsurprisingly decided to send him out on loan given the competition for places in Rodgers' squad.

Aberdeen snapped up Christie on loan in January, with the playmaker penning a deal until the end of the season – and he has already made an impact, having scored his first goal for the club in a 2-0 win over Partick earlier this month.

On Wednesday, Christie was in the starting line-up for Aberdeen against Motherwell, and he played his part in what was a remarkable game.

Jonny Hayes, Andrew Considine and Adam Rooney struck to put the Dons 3-0 up at Pittodrie, before Christie scored the goal of the night with a nonchalant chip from the edge of the box with the outside of his left foot.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnesAberdeen manager Derek McInnes

Rooney bagged two more goals to seal his hat-trick before Ryan Bowman and Stephen Pearson pulled goals back for the visitors, and Peter Pawlett added a late seventh for Aberdeen.

Christie's goal stole the show though, and he was hailed by Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes after the game, with the Dons boss claiming on the club's official website it was the goal of the season so far.

"I think we've seen goal of the season tonight with Ryan Christie,” said McInnes. “I think his goal - having seen it again - is top drawer,” he added.

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