As the Scott McKenna bids start to surface this summer, it doesn’t look as if Celtic are anywhere in sight.
According to the Daily Record, both Nottingham Forest and QPR have been turned down in their individual pursuits of the Aberdeen centre-back. Apparently, both bids were in the region of £3million. Perhaps neither club have been keeping tabs on the Dons’ valuation of him, but they’ve been reported as wanting close to £10m for him in the past (Daily Record).
Of course, Celtic fans don’t need reminding of our own failed bid for Aberdeen’s top man. The Hoops reportedly sent in an offer of £3.5m last summer which was rejected (BBC). Aberdeen also dismissed to the Press and Journal the idea that Celtic bid £5m for him back in June.
And it’s interesting to see that Celtic haven’t made a move for him with English clubs clearly sniffing about once again. He’s been a prime target for us in the past, but it looks as though that may have changed.
Celtic supporters weren’t impressed after McKenna’s performances for Scotland back in June. But there have been times when he’s looked impressive against us such as last season’s 0-0 draw at Celtic Park.
Has the Jullien signing halted more Scott McKenna bids from Celtic?
Celtic are still in need of a second centre-back signing this summer, but McKenna doesn’t look like being it. Celtic have already spent £7m on Christopher Jullien this summer (The Scotsman). Similar cash on another defender may not be on the Hoops’ agenda.
Of course, the change of manager last season may also help the idea that we aren’t interested anymore. Brendan Rodgers was clearly a fan of the Aberdeen man, but under Lennon we haven’t made a move for McKenna whatsoever.
And so long as the Dons are looking for eight figures, Celtic are quite right not to either. He certainly isn’t the supporters’ first-choice, and our lack of a move for him during this transfer window could suggest that he’s no longer one of the club’s top choices either.
Looking at the most recent offers that the Dons have apparently rejected, they aren’t anywhere near their reported valuation. It looks as though their price could be unrealistic. Nobody has, as of yet, come close to matching eight figures, and it’s highly doubtful anyone will.
If we are to sign another centre-back, and it must be a priority, then it would be a surprise to see us spend big money. With a Kristoffer Ajer/Jullien partnership looking promising, Lennon could just be looking for some cover.
In any case, it looks as though we can cross McKenna off our radar. Despite the recent interest, Celtic still haven’t batted an eyelid.