Derek McInnes comments on Celtic linked Scott McKenna

By Hamish Carton

October 17, 2019

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has reiterated that formerly linked Celtic target Scott McKenna will only be able to move on from Pittodrie if the “right money” is paid for him.

The Scotland defender, 22, has been linked with moves away from the Dons for seasons and recently submitted a formal transfer request. McInnes rejected it but admits that the Reds are always just waiting on a big offer coming in for his services.

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“We only get one chance at selling Scott,” McInnes told the BBC.

“It’s up to another club to come up with the right money to take him away.”

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Hefty price tag may put Celtic off McKenna

The centre-back was linked with a record-breaking move to Celtic in the summer. The Scottish Sun reported that we had seen a £5million bid rejected by the Pittodrie side, with their valuation at around double that.

The reports were denied shortly afterwards by both Celtic and Aberdeen but there is still a feeling that the club could be interested by McKenna’s ongoing situation.

Much like our strikers, our centre-back options are a little bit limited at present. Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien look like they have the makings of a good partnership given time but there is a worrying lack of cover if either are injured.

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Jozo Simunovic is injured and Jack Hendry is unfancied, meaning that Neil Lennon may have to rely on the likes of Nir Bitton or Hatem Abd Elhamed who would probably rather be playing elsewhere.

There may be potential in signing McKenna and bringing him up to speed as backup for Ajer and Jullien. Neither are going to be at the club forever and it makes sense to work on a succession plan already. Whether we would spent close to £10million on a backup option is a totally different question though.