McKenna’s dilemma if Celtic and the Rangers make offers

Scott McKenna to Celtic in the current rumour, but is there any truth in interest from the club?

Celtic have been heavily linked with a move for Nottingham Forest centre back Scott McKenna. And rather pathetically theRangers have now also been credited with an interest in the player. The former Aberdeen defender was also linked with a move to the club in the summer, but a move never materialised with the club opting to sign Gustaf Lagerbielke and Maik Nawrocki instead.

That begs the question. Is there any truth in the rumour and would the Scotland international add more quality to our squad? Brendan Rodgers was of course credited with interest in McKenna during his first spell at the club but nothing ever came to fruition, perhaps because Aberdeen were looking for bigger money from England.

Could the Celtic be interested in making a move for the big defender this time around? I for one can’t see it as we already have five centre backs on the books.

There is rumours that Gustaf Lagerbielke might be on the move, but that still leaves us with four centre backs, and I can’t see us going in for another when we have other areas that need tended to more urgently. Scott McKenna is a decent centre back and would add quality to our squad, but a left back and centre forward are bigger priorities for us.

It would be interesting if it emerged that McKenna had offers from Celtic and theRangers. The player is a Celtic supporter, as many of their supporters have been noting on social media over the past few days.  So if the heart says Celtic,  it might come down to one of three other factors, money, the likelihood of first team football and the chances of lifting silverware.

McKenna is a left-sided central defender so would be in competition for Liam Scales who has been pretty much flawless since breaking into the Celtic first team this season. It looks like it would take an injury to shift him.

So McKenna might not get much football this season if he comes to Celtic and that’s exactly the position he’s currently in at the City Ground.

Of course you can never say never, time will tell, and Brendan clearly does like former Aberdeen defender.



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  1. left back and striker for me, we dominate games but our shots/chances to goals ratio is poor, we need a penalty box striker who can score from corners. Taylor is targeted by the opposition as the week link and although he’s been okay the last two games he needs real competition for that position.

  2. Mistertaximan on

    Disagree. I’d be rather surprised if we don’t sign him. He’s a Celtic supporter, he’s 27, so in his prime years. Exactly what BR has been bleating for this window…oven ready. He comes relatively cheap being out of contract in the summer and we love a bargain. If we sign him, they don’t (though I can’t imagine any genuine pro-Celtic fan signing for them, no matter what they’re offering). He might help shore us up at corners and free kicks. He’s Scottish and we’re thin on the ground in that department for meeting UEFA squad requirements.

    It’s not a priority position, but if Celtic sniff out a bargain they’ll move in.

    • Agreed. Was against the move, but two things have now swayed me; left sided .. & a Celtic fan! He’d be decent addition to the squad.

  3. How dare you say (The Celtic) in your post( JUSTANORDINARYBHOY) …you said ….Could The Celtic be interested in the big Defender . Celtic alone please without the the……..HH

  4. Raymond Duffy on

    Unlike almost everyone, I can see Scales being replaced in the centre half berth and McKenna may be worth a go.
    For me, it’s screamingly obvious that Scales should be our left wing back, I really think he’d be sensational. A much better defender that Taylor, taller and comfortable on the ball, going forward.
    Mind you, I think Taylor would do better job than Palma, as a winger. We’re loaded with wingers and none of them can Ross a ball with any consistency – so what do I know????