WILLO FLOOD admitted he was surprised when Derek McInnes summoned him to his office to sign a contract extension which will keep him at Aberdeen for three more years.

"I still had two years left," he said. "I wasn't even thinking about a new deal but the gaffer just pulled me and said he wanted me to sign the same length of deal as him. I think Aberdeen can go even further with him in charge and I want to be part of making that happen.

"I would love to see us challenging Celtic if I'm being honest.

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"Whether the financial gap is too big or not we don't know but that would be an aim for Aberdeen."