On-loan Celtic playmaker Ryan Christie today hailed rising Pittodrie star Scott Wright as the most positive, attacking player he has seen.
Following a superb start to his season-long loan, Christie has underlined his reputation as one of the most exciting young Scottish talents.
However, he reckons Pittodrie youth graduate Wright is the one that is lighting up the Premiership.
During his time playing at Parkhead the 22-year-old has played alongside £25 million-rated French U21 cap Moussa Dembele, currently being tracked by Marseille and West Ham.
In January Dembele was linked with Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Arsenal with a £40m price tag quoted.
Loan star Christie has also played alongside Scotland cap Leigh Griffiths, scorer of two audacious free-kicks in the 2-2 draw with England.
He has played with Manchester City’s Patrick Roberts, who signed for the Premier League giants for £11m at the age of just 18.
However, for sheer positivity and attacking intent on the ball he reckons Wright, who scored a sublime 25-yard goal in the 4-3 win at Partick Thistle, tops them all.
Christie said: “When Scott is on the ball he is the most positive player I have ever seen as he just wants to run at people – which is brilliant.
“He takes the whole team up the park, lifts you and creates chances and goals.
“Scott is an absolute joy to play with, and aside from his goal against Partick his movement is brilliant.
“When I pick up possession in attacking areas, the runs Scott makes for such a young player are excellent, he is so intelligent off the ball.”
When Christie and Wright are both in possession there is a buzz throughout the Red Army in anticipation of what they will conjure up.
Both are capable of producing the extraordinary, of turning a game completely on its head with a moment of magic.
Christie and Wright were pivotal to the 4-3 victory at Partick Thistle that elevated the Reds clear at the top of the Premiership table.
Christie was central to three of the goals. He netted the opener after only five minutes, won a penalty that was converted, and delivered the cross for Adam Rooney’s late winner.
Wright pitched in with a sublime 25-yard effort that dipped over keeper Tomas Cerny to put the Reds 3-2 up.
The win extended the Dons’ 100% start to the league campaign to four games and moves them two points ahead of Christie’s parent team Celtic.
Christie revealed it was mission accomplished as boss McInnes had targeted a return of 12 points going into the international break.
He said: “It is a great feeling to be top of the league and still have a 100% record.
“Although it is very early on, it is brilliant to go into the international break in that position.
“That was our aim. We looked at the four games before the break and thought we could take maximum points from every single one.
“I’m delighted we managed that and it is great to get that momentum rolling early on.”
Wright, along with fellow Don Scott McKenna, is in the Scotland U21 squad to face Holland in a Euro qualifier at Paisley on Tuesday.
There are, however, no Aberdeen players in Gordon Strachan’s senior squad to face Lithuania tomorrow and Malta on Monday in the World Cup qualifying double header.
With a successful 2016-17 campaign rapidly followed by a winning start to this domestic season, Christie, skipper Graeme Shinnie, Kenny McLean and Mark Reynolds could reasonably have expected to be in contention for an international call-up.
Boss McInnes admitted he was disappointed at the omission but Christie insisted it has not dented confidence of those in the frame for a call-up.
He said: “To be honest, we haven’t spoken about it.
“I don’t think anyone is overly gutted. It’s definitely not affected us.
“We’ll just keep our heads down and if anything comes up international-wise, that’s another positive.”
Aberdeen at least went into the break on a high, having edged a thriller at Firhill.
They grabbed four goals but Christie accepts the Reds must improve defensively with a vulnerability at set-pieces exposed as Partick netted twice directly from corners.
He said: “Going forward at Partick we picked up the ball in good areas and all our attacking players produced some great balls.
“There were negatives to the game as losing two goals to set-pieces was annoying.
“There are things to work on but the important thing was getting three points.”
Next up for the Dons is a trip to face Hearts at Murrayfield on Saturday, September 9.
A sizeable Red Army, expected to be around 5,000, are set to descend on the home of Scottish rugby for the one-off Premiership clash.
It is a change of venue that Christie is relishing. He said: “I am looking forward to Murrayfield.
“We hope to take down a brilliant crowd and the support at Firhill was exceptional as well.
“Murrayfield will be an experience and we will come back from the international break ready to go again.”