Nottingham Forest completed a deal to sign defender Scott McKenna during the summer in a deal that caught the eye among supporters.

The centre-back checked in from Scottish Premiership outfit Aberdeen in a deal that could cost Forest £6 million eventually.

McKenna is only eight games into his Forest career but he already looks like a player tailor-made for the Championship.

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His left-footed presence has offered balance to the back four and he’s not short of ability either when it comes to the art of defending.

Given his early season form at the City Ground, McKenna is perhaps showing the Old Firm what they missed out on – particularly Celtic.

In 2019, the Hoops reportedly had a £5 million bid knocked back by Aberdeen, with the Dons holding out for £10 million at that point.

Aston Villa and Hull were also credited with interest but ultimately it was Forest who won his signature.

McKenna would have been a no-brainer for Celtic. He has 82 Premiership appearances to his name and would have required no settling in period at Parkhead.

Shane Duffy was taken on loan from Brighton and his form of late has been erratic at best.

 

Plenty of fans suggested at the time that they didn’t really fancy McKenna as a Celtic player but their loss is Forest’s gain.

Some Reds supporters might have been wise to remain anxious over the defender’s arrival.

The Scottish market is one that has bitten Forest before. Barrie McKay signed from Rangers and was tipped for stardom, as was Jason Cummings.

Both flattered to deceive and now ply their trade in League One.

McKenna has quickly quashed any notion that he will follow suit with the pair of flops, with a string of fine performances.

Ticking all the boxes

He is strong in the air, solid in the tackle and shows maturity beyond his years when it comes his decision-making.

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Forest signed plenty of experience in the summer but the Scotland international is a player who could thrive at the City Ground for years to come.

At £6 million he looks a steal and at 24 he will also have a tremendous sell-on potential in the years to come.

McKenna ticks all the boxes when it comes to being a solid Forest signing and Celtic might have missed a trick with the defender.

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