In the last couple of days we’ve read about a supposed bid by Celtic for the Aberdeen centre back. Also, its subsequent failure.
What is hard to believe is that Celtic would bid such a ludicrous amount of money for the player. A 21-year-old Scottish defender who has played just one season in the top flight.
Yes, he has 4 Scotland caps (all friendlies I might add), has even worn the captain’s armband in one of those games and played two Europa League qualifiers this summer. That doesn’t make him Alan Hansen.
I haven’t seen much of the player to be honest. I have heard positive things about him though.
With the issues Celtic have in their own defence, does Brendan Rodgers believe he is the answer? I am not doubting the kid’s potential, but potential is not what Celtic need right now.
They need experience at the heart of their defence pronto. If McKenna was available for about £1M and we had a settled defence then I’d be happy to bring him on board.
Right now though we already have two work-in-progress central defenders in Kris Ajer and Jack Hendry. It’s bad enough that a section of our support are already giving Hendry it tight, but to bring in another prospect for an outrageous fee would cause uproar.
Aberdeen, like any club, are within their rights to hold out for whatever they value their player at. If Celtic have bid £3.5M and had it turned down then I would suggest we leave the matter there.
As one fellow Celtic fan said on Twitter:
“I don’t know who’s the daftest. Celtic for bidding £3.5m for Scott McKenna or Aberdeen for knocking it back. He’s a modern-day Zander Diamond.”
A bit on the harsh side, but it did make me laugh.
We’ve spent £1M on Marvin Compper who has managed to play just one game. We’ve spent £1M on Jack Hendry who has been thrown in at the deep end and is currently under attack from some of our fans.
Kris Ajer was a midfielder re-branded as a defender and our most consistent centre half. Jozo Simunovic can’t play on suspect surfaces or during a full moon.
Let’s not forget Dedryck Boyata who’s agent thinks he’s the new Vincent Kompany. Can matters get any worse?
I’m all for planning ahead, but I really don’t know what we’re doing with this central defence. I feel sorry for Hendry getting all the flack but if McKenna comes in, is he in line for the same treatment?
I want to trust those at Celtic to do the right thing, but Brendan’s is now in his third season and he still hasn’t established a central defensive partnership. We need to sort this out now.
Not in a year. NOW.
If the bids are true and we’re willing to shell out £3.5M on McKenna, why the hell were we penny-pinching with John McGinn who was valued at even less? This all makes about as much sense as turning down £9M for Boyata.
Either the media are making more excrement up than usual or we are just destined to shoot ourselves in the foot. There comes a point when you must have a look at what you are doing.
A player of McKenna’s relative inexperience is not worth the sort of money Aberdeen are rejecting. I mean what do they want £5M? £7M? £10M?
Don’t give me this 4 Scotland caps nonsense. Alex McLeish is in charge!
Celtic bought a Brazilian defender on the back of 3 international appearances and the guy was never even scouted. We all know how that cash-for-caps fiasco turned out so I’d be inclined not to spunk several million on an “international footballer” for a country where just about anyone can get a game.
Even if McKenna turned out to be as good as Virgil van Dijk, that’s a lot of money Celtic would be putting up. At 21 this guy needs experience in Europe and a run in the team, but not for this kind of money.
When it comes to playing against top opposition you need quality players. Right now we’re beginning to make the Stephen McManus and Gary Caldwell look like Puyol and Pique.
Tomorrow we are away to FK Suduva. We humped them 16 years ago over two legs on our way to Seville.
Right now I’d be happy with a clean sheet and a second sighting of Marvin Compper in the Hoops.