Brendan’s McKenna move, Christie for the North East of Scotland or England

REPORTS this morning indicate that Celtic have actually tabled a bid to sign out-injured Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna.

McKenna was injured in Aberdeen’s opening game of the season – the 1-1 draw with the World Beaters – and this hamstring injury will mean he remains out of action for another 4 weeks at least.

The 21 year old is on a long term contract at Aberdeen and Derek McInnes has talked up his value, despite the player only making the breakthrough to the first team last season.

McKenna also picked up his first caps for Scotland at the end of last season and it is believed that Hull tried to sign the player in the January window and Swansea made a move in the ‘English’ window but failed to land the defender.

Brendan Rodgers now looks like he is getting involved and he may tempt McInnes by including Ryan Christie in any package.

Christie is not to be offered a new deal at Celtic and as he was regarded by McInnes as his best player last season while on loan from the Scottish Champions, he would be warmly welcomed back in the North East.

McInnes will also be aware that Ross Jack is trying to bring Christie to Sunderland on loan with a view to buying the player in January. The English window is closed but lower league clubs can still bring in loans and an agreement could be reached with Celtic to meet the £500,000 asking price for Christie as Celtic aim to re-coup the sum paid to Inverness Caley Thistle for the midfielder.

Several other Celts are expected to be shipped out on loan over the next week or so with Calvin Miller likely to join St Johnstone.

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