Does Scott McKenna now have the perfect chance to earn Celtic move?

CelticĀ“s Northern Irish head coach Brendan Rodgers reacts during the UEFA Europa League Group B football match between RB Leipzig and Celtic in Leipzig, eastern Germany on October 25, 2018....

Celtic reportedly made a bid to sign Aberdeen's highly-rated Scottish Premiership centre-back Scott McKenna in the summer.

Scott McKenna of Scotland during the International Friendly match between Scotland and Portugal at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland on October 14, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Not for the first time, Celtic and Aberdeen are set to go head-to-head for honours.

The Hoops and the Dons will meet at Hampden Park once again at the end of November with the first major trophy of the season, the Scottish League Cup, up for grabs.

The presence of Scott McKenna in Aberdeen’s back line is likely to prove a rather intriguing subplot. Because, according to the Daily Record, a Celtic side in need of new centre-backs are big fans of the 21-year-old, having failed with a £3.5 million bid in August according to the BBC.

 

McKenna has established himself in the Scotland squad, even captaining his country on only his fourth international appearance, while standing out in the Premiership since forcing his way into Derek McInnes’s starting XI.

But this is the sort of game that could show whether McKenna is ready for a club like Celtic.

28th October 2018, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish League Cup football, semi final, Aberdeen versus Rangers; Lewis Ferguson of Aberdeen  celebrates his goal with Scott McKenna...

After all, talent is not enough at the Glasgow giants. Celtic are expected to win multiple trophies every season, so their players need to have the character to step up and perform on the biggest occasions with titles and trophies on the line.

If the £10 million-rated McKenna crumbles under the pressure at Hampden, perhaps Celtic should look elsewhere. But, if he performs in the most important game of the season so far, he will have aced his audition.

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.

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