Loan star Ryan Christie has apologised for the Twitter storm that has threatened to sour his Dons arrival.
The 21-year-old had just signed on loan from Celtic when a Tweet from 2012, slamming Aberdeen, resurfaced online.
The playmaker was just 17 at the time he sent the offensive comment and admits it was “stupid” while hoping fans can look past his mistake.
The Inverness native is set to make his Dons debut against Dundee at Pittodrie tomorrow.
And Christie wanted to apologise to the Aberdeen faithful for his comments.
He said: “I apologise to anyone that did take offence to it. I look back at it now and think it was just stupidity on my account and it was a mistake.
“At the time I was living in Inverness and there was always that rivalry, even though there was never anything official with Aberdeen.
“Looking back now, at the time I was just winding my mates up and when you look five years on, it’s been taken out of context a wee bit.
“I don’t think anyone should read into it.”
A number of new Twitter accounts have been created under his name but he added he is no longer on the social media site.
“I’ve been off Twitter for a few months now but the account was still there,” he added.
“It was only on the night when one of my mates texted me suggesting I delete the account.”
Christie is keen to put the episode behind him and is already focused on the Dundee game at Pittodrie.
The playmaker had a number of different options open to him in England.
He said: “There were a few in the Championship, I didn’t get any names, but once I heard Aberdeen were interested, that was my main focus and I’m happy to get it done.”
He is hoping his time with Aberdeen marks a return to regular action after only featuring sporadically for Celtic.
The technically-gifted attacker has only featured seven times for the Hoops this season.
And despite the limited game time, he was emphatic he would be set to go if called on to start tomorrow.
He said: “I feel ready, 100%.
“It’s the manager’s decision whether he puts me in straight away and I’ll respect that but I definitely feel ready.
“I’ve been training and I feel that I can march on the field and will be ready to start.”
He added: “It’s a great game to go into and being at home.
“For me, it’s a great chance to impress the fans straight away and I’m hoping I can have an impact.”
Christie had his first training session as a Dons player yesterday.
He has played alongside a number of Dons before, including Graeme Shinnie, Adam Rooney and Jonny Hayes.
“It’s been really good since I arrived, it all happened very quickly and that first training session really helped settle me in.
“Knowing some of the guys like I do, it’s helped and made it an easier dressing room to fit into.”
Christie is expected to fill the number 10 role vacated by James Maddison’s return to Norwich City.
He confirmed he had discussions with Derek McInnes prior to agreeing to join.
And he is keen to do whatever he can to ensure the club reach their target of a second place finish and a cup this season.
He said: “We had a chat on the phone before I signed and after all the questions he asked me, I thought it was a good sign.
“Aberdeen have told me their ambitions for the rest of the campaign so it’s up to me to help them reach those targets.”
He praised the calibre of the Dons squad and is looking forward to playing in a potent attacking side.
Christie acknowledged there will be a lot of expectation on him but insists he is not fazed.
He said: “There is a lot of great attacking quality at the club already so it’s not like the side is really missing anything.
“I see myself as quite a creative player so hopefully I can come in and play that through ball that starts attacks.
“That’s where I see myself playing and that’s the kind of player I am, being the link between defence and attack.”