Frank Ross signs new deal with Dons and is sent out on loan

Frank Ross in action against Rangers at Pittodrie on December 3.

Aberdeen’s Frank Ross has agreed a one-year contract extension to remain at Pittodrie and will spend the second half of this season on loan at Morton.

The 19-year-old’s contract was up this summer but the new deal will keep him with the Dons until the summer of 2019.

The Scotland under-19 international has made four first-team appearances for the Reds.

Ross made a big impact when he came off the bench against Rangers at Pittodrie December and scored a stunning free-kick in the 2-1 defeat.

It is hoped the loan spell at Cappielow will allow him to gain more first-team experience as Morton chase a place in the Championship play-offs.

Dons boss Derek McInnes said: “We’re delighted at the level of club that Frank is joining.

“The Championship is extremely competitive and he’ll be working with Jim Duffy who has taken players from here in the past.

“While we’d have liked him to contribute this season, we’ve got to look at the bigger picture and Frank will benefit from regular football that will see him better prepared for the demands of playing for Aberdeen.

“We’re also delighted that Frank has signed a contract extension and we’re really looking forward to seeing how he gets on at Morton.”