With deadline day fast approaching in Scotland and Dedryck Boyata’s future increasingly looking like it is away from Glasgow, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is pushing for a new central defender to be brought in as soon as possible.
And one name who had been identified was Scott McKenna, although a move to Celtic Park for the 21-year-old now looks unlikely.
According to BBC Sport, Celtic have seen a £3.5m bid turned down by Aberdeen for the defender with Rodgers later going on record to confirm the club has now cooled its interest in the player.
Speaking ahead of Celtic’s Europa League match against FK Suduva, Rodgers said (via BBC Sport): “He is a young player that I like, but it was made clear Scott won’t be for sale in this window so that would end that.”
Celtic supporters, though, are unlikely to be too bothered with their club’s failed pursuit of the Scottish defender
At 21, £1.13m-rated (via Transfermarkt) McKenna has room to develop into a good SPL centre-half, but he is not the kind of player who will help Celtic progress.
McKenna would not make a difference to Celtic’s chances of progressing past the Champions League group stages or going far in the Europa League, while Rodgers’ squad is strong enough to easily win another SPL title without the addition of the Scotland international.
Ultimately, missing out on McKenna is arguably a blessing in disguise. Celtic can now turn their attention to pursuing more experienced centre-backs who would actually boost the club’s chances in Europe.