Celtic can't be tempted to go back in for Scott McKenna

By David Walton

December 4, 2018

Celtic could be in the market for a defender this January, but they simply must avoid Scott McKenna of Aberdeen.

The club will have come up against the big centre-back three times come the Winter break. The two previous performances he’s put in against Celtic have been extremely impressive.

But Brendan Rodgers can’t allow that to mask the fact that McKenna is, in truth, a very average centre-back.

Scott McKenna is a signing Celtic must avoid making (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Derek McInnes rejected a £5million plus offer from Aston Villa in the summer for their star-man. They also rebuffed a Celtic approach of £3.5million for the same player.

All credit to the Dons for sticking by their guns. They have every right to have their own valuation for their players, but it’s best Celtic steer well clear of this one.

McKenna has also of course been capped by the Scottish national side this season. Don’t be fooled by that either, as even Jack Hendry has looked the part for Scotland.

A replacement for Boyata required

With Dedryck Boyata entering the final six months of his contract come the new year, a defender could be top of Rodgers’ wish-list. It’s likely that the Hoops allow their towering defender to go to earn some money for him instead of losing him for nothing in the summer.

The issue is that Celtic will then just be left with Filip Benkovic, Jozo Simunovic, Kristoffer Ajer, and Hendry at the back. The problem with that is that both Hendry and Simunovic have looked poor in recent months. Meanwhile, Benkovic will be heading back to Leicester City in the summer.

Dedryck Boyata could be off in January (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s vital that Celtic find some defensive cover, but revisiting old ground would be a huge mistake.

McKenna’s signing would be far too similar to the reasons Celtic brought Hendry in. Domestic displays mean nothing, as the pressure at Celtic is much higher than that of Aberdeen.

If the club were to plash out upwards of £5million on him, then they’re spending massively over the odds. Better upgrades could surely be found on the continent or down south.

Going for Aberdeen’s number one centre-back would feel like lazy scouting, and would be a massive downgrade on Boyata should he leave.