Aberdeen centre-back Scott McKenna has stated that Celtic’s first-half blitz at Pittodrie back in October had his team rattled.
The Scotland international was part of a sorry Dons backline that day. The firepower and combination play between the likes of Odsonne Edouard, James Forrest, and Mohamed Elyounoussi was too much for them to deal with.
It also came off the back of an embarrassing 5-0 mauling at Ibrox too, meaning that they’ve shipped nine goals in two games against the Glasgow sides heading into their match with Rangers at Pittodrie tonight.
McKenna, however, has been touching on that hammering off Celtic in the build-up to tonight. Speaking to Press and Journal, here’s what the tough-tackling defender had to say on the Hoops loss:
“We need to learn lessons from the previous games – we said that after the Rangers game and it happened in the Celtic game again.
“We knew what we had to do, we had our instructions. Everyone fell below the standard and Celtic punish you when they smell blood.
“It was 4-0 at half-time and we were all in there shell-shocked asking what happened. That is twice now and we can’t afford anymore lessons. We need to show we have learned our lesson and we know what we are doing.”
Not a thing Aberdeen could’ve done
McKenna talks about the fact that the Dons’ players were all asking what went on in those 45 minutes. In truth, they had simply been hit with a hurricane in the form of Lenny’s Celtic. Like it or not, Aberdeen won’t ever be able to live with us when we play like that.
What made that result and performance so impressive was the fact that we had also just put Lazio to the sword three days earlier. Aberdeen, who have been one of our closest contenders in previous years, had been made to look like amateurs.
It was also eyebrow-raising to see how poor McKenna looked on the day. This is a player who has been praised immensely by his manager Derek McInnes, and has been labeled as leaving for a “big ticket” fee (Sunday Post).
However, recent performances for both Scotland and against Celtic have certainly turned some Hoops fans against the idea of going in for him anytime soon. McKenna’s eyes have recently seemed to turn towards a move to England in any case (Daily Record), so it’s a deal we could probably lock the door on permanently.
But it’s fair to say that, with his recent individual displays, he hasn’t done himself any favours in the big games. Hopefully, that changes tonight.