Scott McKenna, a player reportedly on Celtic’s radar, has revealed that he’s a boyhood Hoops fan, in conversation with The Scotsman.
The Aberdeen defender is widely regarded as one of the most highly rated prospects in the Scottish game.
He boasts 139 senior club appearances under his belt aged just 23 (Transfermarkt), and even captained the Scotland national team in only his fourth appearance.
Last summer, Celtic reportedly had a £5million offer knocked back for McKenna, with Aberdeen holding out for £10million, as reported by the Scottish Sun.
The Hoops also seemingly tried the previous summer to sign the player, a bid of £3.5million having been rejected, according to BBC Sport.
Some English sides have also been credited with an interest in McKenna, Herald Scotland claiming that Blackburn, Burnley QPR, Nottingham Forest, Stoke City and Aston Villa all having previously expressed an interest.
“My dad was a Celtic season-ticker holder,” McKenna told The Scotsman. “I went to a few Celtic games round the time they were doing well in Europe.
“I remember being there when Alan Thompson scored versus Barcelona. I used to love going to a midweek game at Parkhead under the lights.”
Nonetheless, with Aberdeen set to host Celtic on Sunday, McKenna is strictly focused on the job at hand, with no sentiment involved.
“Of course, when you play against Celtic for Aberdeen I want Aberdeen to win,” he added.
“When you become a professional and it’s your job, supporting Celtic goes out of the window. You play for Aberdeen and you want the best for Aberdeen.”
There is no doubt that McKenna is a top player, judging by the reported interest in him from Celtic and plenty of sides south of the border.
However, Aberdeen have shown they’re no pushovers with how they’ve handled previous bids when it comes to their “fantastic” player, as Derek McInnes told Herald Scotland last month.
McKenna’s contract at Pittodrie will take him to the summer of 2023 (Transfermarkt), so Aberdeen are in a strong position regarding their asset and Celtic – or anyone else – will have to loosen their purse strings more should they wish to acquire his services.