Rangers midfielder Ross McCrorie has joined Aberdeen on loan before signing a three-year deal next summer.
The 22-year-old, who can also play in central defence, made the Pittodrie move in search of first-team football.
He had been the subject of offers from Hibernian and spent last season on loan at Portsmouth in England’s League One.
Manager Derek McInnes said he “couldn’t be more pleased” and was “looking forward to helping him try to fulfil his potential in an Aberdeen shirt”.
McCrorie has made 105 senior club appearances, scoring four goals, including one against the Dons for Rangers in 2018.
When confirming a second bid from Hibs last week, Rangers boss Gerrard said: “Ross has told me clearly that he wants to move on.”
McInnes added:”Given the financial restrictions the club are under at the moment, we don’t have the ability to pay a fee, so the first year is a loan deal.
“However, he then becomes our player, and signing a young, Scottish player with his talent and potential is exactly the type of signing Aberdeen Football Club should be making.”
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