Lack of Celtic offers proves Scott McKenna isn't on their radar

By David Walton

August 6, 2019

Scott McKenna’s future may be up in the air at the moment, but the silence from Celtic tells its own story.

It’s clear that the Hoops are now no longer interested in the Aberdeen centre-back. This hasn’t been officially confirmed by Neil Lennon, but our actions this summer don’t indicate a side looking to bag the Dons defender.

McKenna has already had offers of £3million rejected for his services by his club. These have apparently come from Championship sides such as QPR and Nottingham Forest (Daily Record).

Scott McKenna has handed in a transfer request (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Just yesterday, it was reported that Aberdeen had rejected a transfer request from the defender too (Press and Journal). McKenna is clearly ready to leave Pittodrie. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that his final destination won’t be Parkhead.

If we wanted the defender, now would be the time to strike. Yes, we failed to obtain him last season, but that was last season. This year, we’ve already signed Christopher Jullien as our new blockbuster centre-back. Adding McKenna to that doesn’t look anywhere near on the horizon.

Neil Lennon’s appointment seems to have killed Celtic interest

You have to wonder just how much the appointment of Neil Lennon has reduced our interest in McKenna.

Whilst Brendan Rodgers may have been a big fan of the Aberdeen star, Lennon may not be as keen. There were reports last month of Celtic going back in for the Scotland international. Very quickly, however, the Press and Journal rejected that idea.

McKenna blew hot and cold against Celtic last season (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It makes absolutely no sense, if Celtic still wanted him, that we would wait and see how this plays out. We would’ve already seen two bids for him rejected from other clubs, and it would be a dangerous game to play if we wanted him.

Of course, Celtic still need another centre-back before the transfer window closes. But it looks so far from being McKenna that comes through the Parkhead gates.

It’s fair to say his signing would also cause a massively mixed reaction from the Celtic support. If we’re being truthful, supporters would likely lean towards the negative side than the positive if we signed him.

McKenna’s time at Aberdeen appears to be coming to an end (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It’s obviously good news for Aberdeen that Celtic don’t appear willing to make a move. It’s difficult to believe Celtic would allow this heavy English interest to pick up and allow them to have stabs at signing McKenna when we haven’t even made an offer.

Given everything that’s happened in recent weeks involving McKenna’s future, it’s fair to say Celtic simply don’t appear interested anymore.