Former Celtic target Scott McKenna hands in transfer request

By Hamish Carton

August 5, 2019

Former Celtic target Scott McKenna has handed in a transfer request at Aberdeen, according to reports.

The BBC report that the centre-back handed in the request after seeing bids from QPR and Nottingham Forest rejected in recent weeks.

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The defender is contracted as Pittodrie until the summer of 2023 so it’s likely to take a big money offer for Aberdeen to even consider letting him go.

This time last year, Celtic saw a bid of around £3.5million rejected for his services. So could they now be tempted back into a move for the 22-year-old?

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Could Celtic move for McKenna?

With Jozo Simunovic potentially on the move, we could soon require another central-defender. The club’s recruitment department is clearly fond of McKenna and he does seem like the kind of player Neil Lennon would like too.

The sticking point comes down to the fee we would have to pay. Aberdeen are likely to want upwards of £7millon for his services and that doesn’t represent good value for us.

To put it in context, we paid a similar fee for Christopher Jullien – a defender with vast experience in one of Europe’s top leagues. McKenna doesn’t have the same level of experience or expertise and we would be paying over the odds for him.

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He is one of the most talented defenders in Scotland at present. But that doesn’t mean to say there aren’t other options. The likes of John Souttar and Liam Porteous are doing well with Hearts and Hibs respectively. They both have immense talent and wouldn’t cost half as much.

It’s nothing against McKenna personally, but Celtic should continue to stay well away from this one.