"Panic over"; Reported Scott McKenna departure has these Celtic fans relieved

By David Walton

September 22, 2020

Scott McKenna’s reported move from Aberdeen to Notts Forest has left plenty of Celtic supporters relieved on social media.

The Daily Record said yesterday that the Scotland international was set to be sold by the Dons in a deal that could go up to £5million. The Record also believes that McKenna has gone down for his medical.

Former Celtic transfer target Scott McKenna / (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

It comes over two years after Celtic were reportedly rebuffed by Aberdeen in their own approach for the centre-back. During Brendan Rodgers’ reign, the Hoops were said to have had a £3.5m offer turned down for McKenna (BBC).

But the Celtic support have struggled to be convinced with his performances in the Granite City. Reacting to his seemingly inevitable departure, many were relieved to see that his ultimate destination doesn’t look like being Parkhead.

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Not as bad as made out to be, but never Celtic quality

In fairness to McKenna, it does feel as though he gets some over the top stick at times. It’s difficult to know why there’s such a strong dislike for his ability, because he’s never been as bad as is at times made out.

When on his game, the Aberdeen stopper has the ability to be dominant. He’s confident in the air, decent with his positional sense, and isn’t afraid to go forward with the ball at his feet.

However, as decent as he can be, he also has plenty of errors in him. Clumsiness is too often rife in McKenna’s game. Dallying in possession or playing one too many loose passes is one of the more frustrating aspects of his play.

Departing Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He’s also struggled to ever impress against some of the better strikers in the league. Seldom does he ever manage to keep Odsonne Edouard quiet, and he’s even struggled on plenty of occasions against Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos too in big-game matches.

He has a knack of producing an outstanding performance from time to time. He was particularly impressive in Aberdeen’s 0-0 draw at Parkhead back in March 2019. However, these displays aren’t consistent enough, which means he should never have attracted interest from Parkhead in the first place.

McKenna may do well down in the Championship with Forest, but for now that’s his level. If he had bagged a move to Celtic Park, it always looked like being a bridge too far.

In other news, a previous Celtic target who expressed a desire to move to Parkhead has decided to head elsewhere.