Three alternatives to Scott McKenna

By David Walton

August 24, 2018

As Celtic continue to get frustrated in the transfer market, here’s three alternatives to Scott McKenna.

Aberdeen rejected a bid of £3.5m for their star centre-back, and stated he wasn’t for sale. The Dons want around £10m and feel they can get at least double the money offered by Celtic.

This was enough for the Hoops to back out of the deal. Brendan Rodgers stated that, even though he liked McKenna, Celtic were taking away their interest in him.

This now leaves Celtic once again scrambling for a replacement. Therefore, here’s three alternatives to the Dons’ McKenna.

Vassilis Lambropoulos

Lambropoulos (right) played against Celtic for AEK Athens (Andreas Papakonstantinou/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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When Osijek captain Borna Barisic starred against Rangers in the Europa League, the Ibrox side signed him. Celtic should try a similar strategy with Vassilis Lambropoulos.

The centre-back absolutely dominated the Hoops when Celtic tried to attack AEK. Despite the Greeks being down to 10 men in Glasgow, Lambropoulos made defending at Parkhead look easy.

The 28-year-old Greek has been Athens since 2014, and hasn’t played for a big-name club outside of AEK.

The elephant in the room is that Athens potentially have Champions League football. Meanwhile, Celtic are making hard work of qualifying for the Europa League.

However, Celtic have the cash to make clubs and players talk. An inability to spend it has consistently frustrated supporters.

Going out and splashing the cash on the impressive Lambropoulos would at least show intent.

Jeffrey Bruma

Jeffrey Bruma has been linked with Celtic in recent days (VI Images via Getty Images)

This will be a name familiar to Celtic fans after the last few days.

Bruma was widely reported as being one of the Parkhead side’s main defensive targets alongside McKenna. Bruma is out of favour at Wolfsburg, and is a Dutch internationalist.

Many feel that he should’ve been the number one target ahead of McKenna. However, Celtic have yet to make a move for him.

The centre-back was on the books at Chelsea back in 2009, and had loan spells at both Leicester City and Hamburg. A productive spell at PSV Eindhoven remains the high-point in the Dutchman’s career.

His move to Wolfsburg has fallen flat after signing for the club in 2016. Celtic could pick him up for around £7m. However, once again the Hoops haven’t been the kind of club to spend big.

Bruma would provide the perfect solution to the lack of composure in Celtic’s back-line, and would provide the perfect experienced pro to come in and shore things up.

Christophe Berra

Christophe Berra is an experienced international veteran (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Many supporters will laugh at the suggestion, but Celtic could do a lot worse than Christophe Berra of Hearts.

The Jambs centre-back came to the club at the beginning of last season and has been exceptional. Shoring up the leaky Hearts rearguard, Berra has been consistently praised by Scottish football experts and fans alike.

Celtic will know all about Berra’s ability to put his heart on his sleeve for his club. He has an incredible level of determination in his locker, and would provide real experience at the back.

Berra is also an experienced Scottish internationalist. It wouldn’t be out of the question to believe he could help fill the gaps that are widely exposed in Celtic’s back-line.

Somebody would have to come in alongside Berra if Celtic went down this route. This is because the experienced pro is out with a hamstring injury for a sizeable period of time.

This will be a non-starter for Celtic regardless of his injuries. However, you have to wonder whether that’s more down to arrogance than Berra’s defensive abilities.