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Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie has stated that his loan club Aberdeen are the second best team in Scotland after he helped the Dons beat Rangers on Wednesday night.

The visitors recorded a 2-1 victory at Ibrox that confirmed that Derek McInnes’ men will finish as runners-up in the Scottish top flight.

The result was also Aberdeen’s first win over Rangers in Glasgow in 26 years.

Christie has been in excellent form for McInnes’ side following a January move from Celtic, but the 22-year-old is set to return to Parkhead this summer.

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The former Inverness Caledonian Thistle man’s comments will irk Rangers supporters, with the Bhoys man stating that Aberdeen, not the Ibrox side, are the second best team in the country.

“That is second place confirmed with that win now, and before the game the gaffer said he wanted us to show that we are the second best team in Scotland,” Christie told The Evening Express.

“And on the night at Ibrox we did that.

“When I came to Aberdeen I said it was because I thought Aberdeen were the second best team in the country.

“And ahead of the last league game of the season, the league position proves that.

“Also reaching two cup finals this season reinforces the fact Aberdeen are the second best team.”

Rangers fans will hit back at Christie’s comments with the defence that the Glasgow side won 3-0 at Pittodrie recently and that it is their first season back in the Scottish top flight.

Christie will be hoping to make an impact at Celtic next season but he has a wealth of talented players ahead of him in the pecking order at Parkhead.

That said, Brendan Rodgers will be keen to have a close look at the Aberdeen loanee in pre-season and will surely be encouraged by the midfielder’s impressive performances for the Dons in recent months.