Aberdeen are set to sell Scott McKenna to Nottingham Forest for £2m less than Celtic’s 2019 offer for the player, The Daily Record has reported.

The paper says the Dons will bring in an initial £3m for the player, with add-ons and sell-on clauses.

The centre-half is reported to have already travelled for a medical and is set to be announced as the Championship side’s latest signing this week.

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It comes after multiple reported bids from Celtic for McKenna over the years.

The Scottish Daily Mail reported in 2018 that a £3.5m offer was rejected, with The Scottish Sun reporting in 2019 that we’d tabled a £5m bid for the 23-year-old.

Scott McKenna in action against Celtic

Scott McKenna in action against Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McKenna still has three years left on his contract (Transfermarkt), so it’s not as if that situation has curtailed his value.

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Clearly the ongoing pandemic has had an impact on the transfer market but that’s still quite a hit to take and justifies Celtic’s stance not to offer more money for the player.

 

Aberdeen were once said to be looking for as much as £10m for the Scotland international but Peter Lawwell and the Celtic negotiation team refused to pay over the odds.

I’m keen to see how the player performs in the English second tier. I don’t think McKenna is quite as bad as made out by some Bhoys fans but at the same time I do think there is better value out there north of £5m.

Former Celtic transfer target Scott McKenna

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

At £3m plus add-ons though? I’d have been tempted to do business at that price.

He’s only 23, could improve further and I reckon Neil Lennon still needs another option in the defensive line.

As it stands though, it looks like he’s heading to England.

In other news, Michael Stewart has spotted a problem with a Celtic regular.

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