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Scott McKenna Would Not Be The Worst Bit Of Business That Celtic Could Do.

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The rumour mill is always busy. It is always churning something out. For years now, the rumour mill has constantly linked us with a move for Scott McKenna. In light of his current status – available right now on a free, and Scottish home grown so that he enhances the European squad – we were always going to be linked with him this summer.

McKenna is a not a world beater. But he might fit the style of play better than Lagerbielke, and he might have a chance of being fit more often than Nawrocki. As all of us are aware, the Bosman market can sometimes throw up good names, and only foolish club does not look to utilise it wherever possible. McKenna would be good business on a free.

He would certainly enhance the squad. He would, in my estimation, be a better bet than Scales or Welsh, and since the job in front of us is fairly big and both Nawrocki and Lagerbielke look to be heading out the door it stands to reason that we’d want to try to bring in two centre backs in this window, or we’ll end up with Scales starting a lot of games.

We all know that cannot happen. He’s done a fine job up to a point. That point has been reached. As a backup we can get by with him. Beyond that, we’re not putting ourselves in the best position for Europe and beyond that we can. Scales and Welsh are good players to have in reserve if the need for them arises. We need better. McKenna is better, and in terms of that European squad he ticks the box we need if we’re to avoid filling the squad with youth players.

There will be some predictable moaning about this suggestion, with a lot of folk offering the view that he’s not good enough. But look, we need to name a 25 man squad for Europe and eight of those players need to be home grown. Four of them need to be produced right here at Celtic Park. At the moment that’s Welsh, McGregor, Forrest and Ralston. There is the outside chance that we will name Mikey Johnston. But beyond that, who? Greg Taylor at left back. Possibly Scott Bain, but that’s as close to the team as I’d want to see him get.

If Johnston gets named, we’re still one short. If we don’t include him, we’re two short. We can either fill those two slots with experienced players or we have to draft in the reserves, and that’s the reality of it, and you hamstring yourself when you do that.

The requirement for eight players trained in Scotland is a fact of life. It’s there whether we like it or not, and there aren’t any obvious players here at home who help us tick that box, and so it falls on us to look for who is out there somewhere else, and McKenna virtually screams off the page when you look at the list. This, to me, is an absolute no brainer.

I’m not saying that it will happen. I’m as clueless as anyone out there as to what Celtic is planning to do, but there are clear and obvious considerations here and that is one of them. And what’s more, if we don’t move for him the club at Ibrox almost certainly will, because their situation is far worse than ours is in this respect, and getting harder by the day. The need for them to sign at least two home grown players is obvious; Liam Kelly will be one of them.

But McKenna is such an obvious second option for them that it would, in addition to being a signing that enhances our own team, be a good bit of pass-blocking, something that would really aggravate them over there and make life that little bit more difficult for Manneken Piss and his plans. I’m not saying that’s the reason we should do it, I like McKenna as a player anyway … I’m saying it’s an added bonus of doing a deal which seems reasonable anyway.

If we’re not at least thinking about this then something is way off.

The Bosman market is one that we use too seldom, and this summer, for reasons having a lot to do with English clubs cutting costs, there are better options on there than I’ve seen in a while. We have to be thinking along these lines. I will be frankly astonished if we don’t bring in at least one player in this category, and there are good reasons to think that McKenna will be the one we go for.

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  • Johnny Green says:

    I’m not a fan of McKenna and I thought we dodged a bullet when we were linked with him when he was at Aberdeen. In fact I think he is a big plank of wood, he can defend to a degree, as in a no nonsense defender sort of a way, but he lacks any modicum of skill and is useless going forward. Not for me, even for nothing, as he is not worth a wage. Scales and Welsh are far better than McKenna as far as I am concerned and if we sign him we would be going backwards.

  • Captain Swing says:

    McKenna is pretty robust and all indications are that Thin Diesel is just going to go the Jock Wallace route and pack his team full of bruisers for next season, so I think he would suit the domestic circumstances next season never mind the European ones.

  • Jackson says:

    James
    No moans from me re McKenna, I suggested we should have signed him in the last transfer window when he was available,IMHO he would certainly do a job for Celtic.

  • Kevan McKeown says:

    Don’t think it would be a bad signin and he still has somethin tae offer. Tho we’d still need another for that position if we did get him. Ahm hopin tae see some positive activity in the transfer market soon. Ye would think they had some targets in mind and looked intae long before now.

  • Jimmy says:

    We need to get two centre half’s in. Agree that Mckenna would be better than Scales and Welsh. Really scary when Scales is overlooked in favour of Shane Duffy in the Ireland game. We need not only better but much better than what we currently have.

  • Clachnacuddin and the Hoops says:

    Yep – I’d have McKenna in a heartbeat…

    Scottish (good for the quota in Europe) he’s played at a decent level –

    Not sure if he’s a Celtic supporter or not (not that that’s a critical priority) but I know a few folks of Clan McKenna that are…

    He wouldn’t need ‘time’ to ‘settle in’ –

    He could look after himself in the thug infested league that very mucjph is The SPFL for sure…

    He wouldn’t be scared to play in a blizzard at Pittodrie or a quagmire at Dens Park…

    And he’s free – So it’s a definite yes from me !

  • Henriksgoldenboot says:

    This would be a Jack Hendry signing. Squad player and nothing more. NOT accepting it.

  • Brattbakk says:

    McKenna is too slow and clumsy. Definitely not for me. The homegrown player issue is a problem though that we’ll need to address and maybe compromise on quality but not McKenna.

  • Por Cierto says:

    If the currant buns wanted him he’d be in the door on a pre-contract now. So maybe Celtic have asked him to hang back to see if we get one or two CBs out the door, if we do then he’s ours, if we are so inclined, por cierto

  • Celticfcman says:

    I agree, James, but you said the opposite during the January window. Glad you came around. Solid backup who could start and be ok.

    • James Forrest says:

      Yeah during the January window he’d have cost us a few quid or he’d have been here on loan.

      I don’t fancy paying a big fee for McKenna .. a loan would have been different, but without a pre-contract or whatever all we’d have been doing is putting him in the shop window.

      I’ll be doing a follow up piece tomorrow anyway.

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