Reportedly valued at £7.5m less, Celtic should forget Scott McKenna and target John Souttar

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic celebrates following the Scottish Cup Final between Motherwell and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 19, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Hearts defender John Souttar would surely be better value for Scottish Premiership champions Celtic than Aberdeen's powerhouse centre-back McKenna

Scott McKenna of Scotland listens to the anthem during the International Friendly match between Hungary and Scotland at Groupama Arena on March 27, 2018 in Budapest, Hungary.

With just over a week left in the transfer window, and with Dedryck Boyata’s future up in the air, it seems that Celtic are hoping to reinforce their shaky backline before it’s too late.

But signing Scott McKenna from rivals Aberdeen is easier said than done. The Scottish Sun claim that Brendan Rodgers wants to bring the 21-year-old to Parkhead but The Dons are determined not to lose another of their star players on the cheap and are demanding £10 million, as reported by the Daily Record.


Such a fee would make McKenna the most expensive player in Celtic’s history. Needless to say, there is probably better value to be found elsewhere. Like at Tynecastle, for example.

John Souttar might not have captained Scotland on only his fourth international appearance like McKenna but the fellow 21-year-old is another very promising young defender who has stood out in the Scottish top flight over the last year or so.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers vies with Scott McKenna of Aberdeen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on January 24, 2018 in Glasgow,...

And it seems that Souttar would be a lot cheaper than McKenna too. The Sun (19 August, page 60) suggests that the former Dundee United youngster is valued at around £2.5 million – a whole £7.5 million less than McKenna.

So if Celtic want to sign a young, homegrown centre-back, Souttar should be in the conversation.

11th August 2018, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Heart of Midlothian versus Celtic; John Souttar of Hearts slides in on Tom Rogic of Celtic

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