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Derek McInnes insists he is pleased that Gary Mackay-Steven has agreed to stay at Rugby Park until the end of the season, despite the Kilmarnock boss joking he would rather have a striker.

“I would have rather he was a centre forward.” McInnes said. “Gary’s done well, the whole thing has worked out exactly how we both hoped.”

McInnes, named as Manager of the Month for December, spoke highly of the 33-year-old during his short spell with club over the festive period adding:

“It was initially just to find a home to train after his injury at Hearts and getting him back into the swing of things. He’s only missed one day of training in the whole time he’s been with us which showed his injury hasn’t held him back in any way.

“The short term deal was a bit of a strange one half way through December. We just explained that to the ones that were here it was just to help us through the schedule through December and try and get him involved in games, which he has had off the bench.

“Obviously the last game here he had an impact on the two goals against Dundee.

“We feel he has done enough to warrant that longer contract until the end of the season and Gary was happy to commit to that.”