Chris Maguire mulls over Aberdeen offer

Aberdeen forward Chris Maguire
Maguire struck twice during the second half at Easter Road

Chris Maguire has suggested that he is willing to stay at Aberdeen but would prefer to sign a shorter contract than the deal on offer.

"I haven't made my mind up," said the forward after scoring twice in the 3-1 win at Hibernian.

"It's a three-year deal, but I'm trying to narrow that down to a two-year deal.

"Ideally I'd like to go on holiday and relax knowing that I've got something sorted. It's a big decision and I don't want to rush into anything."

Manager Craig Brown admits he will have a hard job holding on to the 22-year-old for next season.

"We hope to conclude something as early as possible but his goals today will have done his transfer prospects no harm," he told BBC Radio Scotland.

"He deserved the two he got today and it shows us the capability the player has. We'd love to keep him."

Hibernian led at half time thanks to a stunning volley from Derek Riordan but the Dons were level early in the second half after a Josh Magennis header.

The home team enjoyed the bulk of play but two goals in as many minutes from Maguire turned the game in the visitors' favour and nudged the Dons up one place in the final Scottish Premier League standings to ninth.

"I think we deserved it but I'm biased," joked Brown, who joined Aberdeen in December when the club were at the foot of the table.

"Hibs had good possession but they weren't getting behind us often."

A bottom-half finish in the league and two heavy semi-final defeats to Celtic will leave many fans disappointed but Brown is confident he can improve the squad over the summer.

"We were away from home with what I think was the youngest team ever seen in the SPL," he added.

"Thirteen of the 18 players were under 21 and that absolutely delights me.

"We know we will have to improve the team with some experience for next season but the development of the young players is impressive.

"We've had a bad season in terms of league position but very few teams have been in two semi-finals.

"It's been disappointing but the fans have had two visits to Glasgow - both ended in despair - but our promise to them is that we will try to ensure that disappointment is not repeated next season."

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