Some Aberdeen fans react to Scott McKenna's injury ahead of Celtic meeting

By David Walton

March 4, 2020

Some Aberdeen fans have been reacting to Scott McKenna’s injury with their Scottish Cup semi-final vs Celtic just over a month away.

Derek McInnes confirmed yesterday that Scotland international McKenna was likely going to be out for the rest of the season. This comes after a hamstring injury picked up in the 2-0 win at St Mirren last weekend.

Scott McKenna in action vs Celtic (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It also means that McKenna will now definitely miss the Scottish Cup semi-final penciled in for either April 11th or April 12th. That could mean a Dons centre-back pairing of Ash Taylor and Mikey Devlin, which in itself carries plenty of experience.

However, reacting on Twitter to McKenna’s injury knock, here’s what some supporters of the Dons had to say:

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Celtic players won’t be giving it a moment of thought

With still a month to go until the game between Aberdeen the Celtic, you can’t imagine this is news that the Parkhead playing staff will take any real pleasure in. However, even if the game was tomorrow, the Celtic players wouldn’t be jumping up and down with jubilation at the news.

McKenna has had his good and his bad displays against us over the years. Yet, if we’re being honest, the latter tends to occur a lot more than the former.

It doesn’t significantly weaken Aberdeen either. In the four league games the centre-back has been injured for this season, the Dons still managed to go unbeaten in three of them – winning two. Their only defeat came in a 5-0 loss at Ibrox at a time when Rangers were in good form (Transfermarkt).

Dons stopper McKenna (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Should anything happen to Ash Taylor or Mikey Devlin, they could also put Andrew Considine back into centre-back and find another solution for the left-back area. Indeed, McInnes does have depth in that area.

You can’t underestimate Aberdeen losing their biggest asset and number one defender for Hampden. But it doesn’t guarantee Celtic progression to the Scottish Cup final either. Just look at what happened after Copenhagen sold top-scorer Pieros Sotiriou before facing us in Europe.

There’s not total deflation amongst the Aberdeen supporters either, which probably tells you something about McKenna’s form this season. Hopefully, he manages a smooth recovery of course – it’s not nice seeing anybody out for the long-term.

How does Scott McKenna’s absence affect the Scottish Cup semi-final? Does it strengthen our chances to any real degree? Give us your verdict in the discussion forum below.