Former Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson has spoken about the club’s recent failings.

In a wide-ranging interview on the Celtic Huddle Podcast, the man who marked Messi out of the game in 2012 spoke about a number of topics. Foremost amongst them was recruitment, coaching and not living up to expectations.

Wilson, who now coaches Ilkestone Town, was frank and brutal in his assessments, but one name he mentioned stood out. While there’s been endless talk already about Fraser Forster and Ben Davies, it was a Scotland international that Wilson feels the club missed out on.

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That man? Scott McKenna, formerly of Aberdeen. Wilson said:

“I think they missed the boat with Scott McKenna.

“I think Nottingham Forest got him for £3 million, £2.5 million.

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“The other one, maybe a short fix for the season, would be the boy who went from Preston to Liverpool, Ben Davies.

“When Van Dijk’s back in the summer, Gomez is back, they’ve got their defenders back. He’s probably going to be loaned out next year.”

Celtic Kelvin Wilson

Former Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson easily deals with an anonymous attacker / (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Former Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson on McKenna, club’s fortunes

Wilson has a bit of a point, here. While McGinn, Hickey and others are mentioned as SPFL misses, McKenna isn’t. That’s despite months of speculation linking the Don to Celtic.

McKenna is now at Nottingham Forest, where he is starring in the Championship. According to Nottingham Forest News:


“The former Aberdeen man has been head and shoulders above any Forest player this term. He deserves more clean sheets for his efforts and his commitment to the cause hasn’t gone unnoticed.”

Forest signed McKenna for a reported £3m, rising to £5m with add-ons, back in September [Sky Sports]. Since then, Aberdeen have missed him, but Celtic plumped for Shane Duffy instead to dismal effect.

Wilson didn’t stop there with his comments, lamenting Celtic’s failures in 20-21. The Barça slayer went on:

“I don’t think Celtic will be so poor like this for long time. Even if they weren’t going to do the 10 in a row, it should’ve been a much, much tighter title race.

“It’s like a lot of the players don’t want to be there. That’s what I’m watching.

“Every time I watch Celtic none of them, they just don’t look bothered. It’s just going through the motions, and it’s shocked me. It’s like I’m watching a pre-season game or a testimonial.

“I can’t believe it’s happening, it’s for 10 in a row. Come on! It’s like you want to give them a shake.”

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