According to Sky Sports, Celtic are preparing a bid for Aberdeen centre-back Scott McKenna, but he isn’t the man to solve their current defensive problems.
Celtic have suffered a difficult start to the season in their defence of the historic double-treble. They began the Scottish Premiership season well with a 3-1 win over Livingston, but then were knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers by AEK Athens either side of a 1-0 league defeat at Hearts.
A win against Partick Thistle in the League Cup this weekend will have lifted spirits slightly though and Brendan Rodgers’ side must beat Lithuanian champions FK Suduva over two legs to ensure that Celtic Park will at least host Europa League football this season.
Rodgers recently criticised the Celtic board for their inability to secure transfers that he had asked for, claiming that the club were at risk of standing still if they didn’t add to the squad.
With Dedryck Boyata looking set to leave the club for Sevilla, according to the Daily Express, a new centre-back will be a priority at Parkhead before the window closes at the end of August.
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With Sky reporting that Celtic and Aberdeen are some way apart in their valuations of McKenna, the 21-year-old may not be the best option to fill the gap in Rodgers’ defence.
The young centre-back is also currently out of action with a hamstring injury and could be sidelined for another month, meaning that he would miss Celtic’s crucial European qualifiers. Although there is no doubting his defensive ability, Rodgers is under pressure to get this centre-back deal right and if he gets McKenna, it will be his biggest transfer mistake of the entire summer.