Scott McKenna has set his Nottingham Forest teammates a challenge after winning their last two matches.

The Scotland defender is currently on international duty but he’s told The Scotsman that the Reds must now kick on.

Forest beat Barnsley and Birmingham last week, scoring six goals in the process. Under Steve Cooper, the Reds also drew at home to Millwall.

McKenna enjoyed a successful season during 2020/21, although he was struck down with a couple of injuries.

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This time around, he’s become a mainstay, starting all 11 of Forest’s fixtures in the Championship.

Cooper has overseen a solid start and already the style of football is more enjoyable to watch.

McKenna believes the Reds must now find the next gear and develop a winning mentality.


He told The Scotsman: “Now we have taken these 10 points, it’s a case of keeping going. I think last year the most we did was two games in a row. If we want to have any success at all this season it can’t be a case when we have 10 points from 12, we feel we can afford to lose one now.

“It has to be the winning mentality all the time. We have to go and make it five or six wins in a row. If we do that, then we will see where it takes us.”

McKenna integral to Forest’s fortunes

Although the Forest squad is well-stocked with defenders, the Reds need to wrap McKenna in cotton wool moving forwards.

The Scotland defender has been a revelation since checking in on Trentside and he’s absolutely vital to Cooper.

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Losing him would be seriously detrimental and perhaps it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if Steve Clarke doesn’t use him during the international break.

McKenna is a player who seems to care about doing well for the club and as a grounded character, he’s arguably Forest’s most important player.

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