As Scott McKenna speculation continues, Celtic must remain smart

By David Walton

January 15, 2019

Snapped today was Scott McKenna in Glasgow by Heart Radio’s Paul Harper, and speculation went into overdrive.

The Aberdeen stopper has been consistently linked with Celtic over the last six months or so. Celtic also had several failed bids for him in the summer, as the Dons looked to keep their prized asset.

McKenna has subsequently went on to make 25 appearances for club and country this season. His stock is consistently on the rise and Aberdeen know it.

As you can imagine, the idea of him being in Glasgow sparked a bit of a social media frenzy. At just 22-years of age, some believe he has quite incredible potential. Be that as it may, however, Celtic need to remain smart regarding any interest.

Aberdeen already rejected a bid from Aston Villa for a reported £5million-plus. The Pittodrie side really aren’t looking to play ball over this one, and seem to take it as an insult when clubs offer £5m or below.

It’s clear Brendan Rodgers still wants McKenna. He’s never shelved his interest, and likely remains open to a deal being done this month. But Celtic have to realise that better options are out there.

Mbemba just one example of what’s out there

Reported interest in Olivier Ntcham led to speculation of Porto offering Celtic Chancel Mbemba. He already has more experience than McKenna, and Celtic would be getting him for nothing. In fact, according to the report, they would be getting him plus £14m

He’s just one example of some of the talent out there that Celtic could be looking at instead.

Despite constant speculation over McKenna, Celtic can’t be bossed around by the Dons. He wouldn’t likely be worth anything near what they want for him.

Scott McKenna remains extremely raw (Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

So far this season, McKenna has managed just eight clean sheets in those 25 outings. It’s hardly breathtaking form even if he’s generally performed well this season.

Celtic need to understand that McKenna remains a bag of potential but nothing more. Real emotion over this deal is starting to grow, and the Hoops can’t let themselves be sucked in.

One day, his five-year contract will trickle down. If he’s still worth a bid at that stage then give it a go. But the Hoops shouldn’t be held to ransom for what’s nothing other than a decent defender.