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£10m EX-CELTIC TARGET ON MOVE 

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ABERDEEN have received “a significant offer” for former Celtic target Scott McKenna – and it looks as though the Scotland international is on his way to Nottingham Forest.

Brendan Rodgers was preparing a £10million bid two years ago while the English Championship club had two offers rejected by the Dons last summer.

Aston Villa were also on the trail of the 23-year-old central defender, but their proposal, believed to be £7million, was also booted out by the Pittodrie outfit.

Stoke City and Mark Warburton’s Queens Park Rangers were among a throng of clubs monitoring the progress of the powerful back-four competitor.

Boyhood Celtic fan McKenna was not included in Derek McInnes’ squad for yesterday’s 3-0 loss against Motherwell in the north east, but he has been a mainstay in the heart of the defence since his breakthrough three years ago, going on to make 119 appearances in all competitions.

The club rejected a formal transfer request from the player last summer, but boss McInnes now feels the time is right for his player to move on.

The Dons gaffer, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “I’m pretty sure they’re close to a fee being agreed and Scott is on his way down south to try and get things concluded.

“I’m pretty sure that’s the way it is and I’d be surprised if it fell through.

 

“Scott was always going to move at some point. I’d prefer to speak more when it’s concluded, but he’s a player with 16 caps and, at the age of 23, he’s only going to improve.

“He’s not just a good player, he’s a brilliant person and a great boy and I’ve enjoyed working with him. It’s always with a heavy heart when you lose good ones. But he’s one who is deserving of another opportunity to push on.

“Wherever he ends up he’ll have a good career, there’s no doubt about it, because he treats everything properly, whether it’s a passing drill or recovery after games, everything is 100 per cent.

“There’s no doubt we’ll miss that player and person and we certainly could have done with him against Motherwell. We weren’t encouraging bids, but we expected bids as soon as the Championship got up and running

“The way Scott has been and his form, you’d need to be living on Mars to not see how well he’s been playing. His stats are right up there with anybody in our league. We were allowed to bring Tommie Hoban and Ross McCrorie in as part of that process to deal with McKenna leaving.”

Forest missed out on the Championship play-offs last season by the finest of margins and decided in the summer to stick with head coach Sabri Lamouchi.

They have lost their opening two matches of the 2020/21 campaign to QPR and Cardiff respectively.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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