Former Celtic target Scott McKenna looks to be on his way to England for 'significant' fee

By John McGinley

September 20, 2020

Aberdeen have confirmed on Twitter that they’ve received a ‘significant’ offer for defender and former Celtic transfer target Scott McKenna, with the player subsequently dropping out of today’s match squad against Motherwell.

It has since been reported by The Telegraph’s Midlands football reporter John Percy that the other club involved is Nottingham Forest, who are hopeful of a breakthrough in negotiations over the coming days.

Celtic were once very interested in the services of the Scotland international after his emergence into Derek McInnes’ first-team at Pittodrie.

It got to the stage that the Bhoys produced a £3.5m offer for the player in 2018 during the Brendan Rodgers era, but that was rejected by the Dons (Scottish Daily Mail).

Aberdeen have held firm on their valuation of the centre-back and Celtic haven’t followed up, apparently not keen to spend too much on the Scottish Premiership talent.

Forest are long-term admirers of the player and had two bids rejected last year, with the Pittodrie club said to value him at £7m (Sky Sports).

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

McKenna has never really won over the Celtic fans as a potential signing and there will be plenty relieved that he looks to be on his way to England rather than Celtic Park.

The Bhoys have since signed up quality players such as Christopher Jullien and Shane Duffy, moving onto a different level in the central defensive area.

It’ll be very interesting to see how McKenna performs at a Championship club, if indeed his move to Forest is completed.

Top-flight Scottish talents doing well in England is good for the league overall, so it’d be grand if he succeeded and established himself.

In other news, Celtic striker Albian Ajeti believes he is nearing 100% match fitness.