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.
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.
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