The performance of Scott McKenna against Belgium was difficult to ignore for some, with sections of the Celtic support reacting to it on social media.
The Aberdeen centre-back was partnered with Charlie Mulgrew for Scotland against the Red Devils. It’s difficult to criticise McKenna too much, as coming up against the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku is no enviable task.
But in saying that, the Dons man didn’t look comfortable in Brussels. He was at fault for the first goal when he was beaten in the air by Lukaku. He also failed to remain composed with his distribution at times, often punting the ball straight back to the likes of Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen.
The 3-0 defeat for Scotland was hardly a surprise. But reacting to McKenna’s display on social media, a section of the Hoops support are glad we missed out on him last summer.
I really hope Celtic don't go for McKenna and O'Donnell, they are both mince
— John (@Goose1167) June 11, 2019
Really hope Mckenna never gets near a Celtic shirt. Most over rated Scottish player at the moment
— Connor Melville (@ConnorMelville) June 11, 2019
Scott mckenna absolutely rotten celtic didn't have dodge a bullet with that one,
— ryan mclaughlin (@ryanyedo89) June 11, 2019
I hope i never see scott mckenna anywhere near a celtic top, boy is absolute rank rotten. #honky
— Jack Gribben (@Gribben11) June 11, 2019
There was genuinely supporters that wanted us to spend upwards of £5M for Scott McKenna 😂
— Celtic FC Fans & News 🍀 (@Celtic1888News) June 11, 2019
Whatever question Celtic might be asking, at £5m plus, Scott McKenna isn’t the answer.
— Fundily Mundelly (@FundilyMundelly) June 11, 2019
Scott McKenna is very good at kicking the ball to absolutely nobody
— James Campbell (@underagemaddog) June 11, 2019
Scott McKenna is such a miserable footballer.
— Ryan Brown (@rbrown_99) June 11, 2019
McKenna gave it his all on a tough night
It wasn’t an easy night for anyone last night in a Scotland jersey. Many of Steve Clarke’s men gave it their all, but we just weren’t good enough to compete with the Belgians. McKenna doesn’t deserve the brunt of the criticism for it.
There have been matches this season for Aberdeen where McKenna has looked rock solid against us and Rangers. The 0-0 game at Parkhead three months ago comes to mind as he marked Odsonne Edouard out of the game. He was also terrific in two clean sheet wins at Ibrox.
McKenna always gives his all for Scotland, and it’s difficult to overly criticise anyone for that. He did of course have a night to forget in Brussels, but all XI did.
At the same time, the supporters are entitled to feel they got lucky in avoiding going for McKenna. Celtic simply have to look higher than the Aberdeen man. The Daily Record reported last summer that the Dons were after around £10m for his services. Derek McInnes and Stewart Milne will be lucky to get anywhere near that.
The valuation isn’t McKenna’s fault, however. Aberdeen seem to be getting a tad over-excited about his true worth. There’s not a lot the centre-back can do about it.
But if we did splash out anywhere near as much as that last summer, there would be a strong feeling of regret.