Type in the words ‘Scott’ and ‘McKenna’ after a Scotland game and you will be astounded what fans of his own country think about the Nottingham Forest man.
We can’t print the words on our family-friendly website but it doesn’t make for light-hearted reading on a Tuesday morning.
Scotland beat European Championship semi-finalists Denmark 2-0 at Hampden Park last night.
In truth, they beat a second-string Danish outfit who ran the rule over some of their squad, with their qualification at the World Cup already secured.
Still, it was a decent win for Scotland and one that had their supporters celebrating something other than the ‘We Drew 0-0 with England Trophy’ which they lifted at Wembley back in June.
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Whilst plenty of fans were boogying to a certain song, plenty were sticking the knife into Forest star McKenna.
The 25-year-old didn’t even start. He came on with 12 minutes remaining and did little of note other than help preserve a clean sheet for the Tartan Army.
A quick look on Twitter after the game would have suggested otherwise. Looking at some comments – ones that are not fit for publication – you would be thinking he’d scored four own goals, nicked a young lad’s hot dog and then slapped boss Steve Clarke around the back of the head for good measure!
It’s frankly bizarre and it’s about time some respect was placed on McKenna’s name.
Dear Scott McKenna, Forest fans love you
The behaviour from Scotland fans is just bizarre and a sorry sign of the society we live in these days.
Who Scored claims that McKenna touched the ball four times last night. Two of those were clearances that helped Scotland maintain their clean sheet.
Quite how that gives one supporter a platform to call him ‘dreadful’ is utterly baffling and frankly, ridiculous.
Given that McKenna isn’t a regular under Clarke and Scotland fans clearly don’t monitor his progress too much, we’d like to ask for some respect to be placed on his name.
Since checking in from Aberdeen in the summer of 2020, he has been nothing short of outstanding for Forest.
He has made 42 appearances for the club and has been ever-present during 17 Championship fixtures this season.
This season he is top of the charts for most clearances and most aerial challenges won in the Forest ranks.
McKenna is calm, composed and just quietly goes about his business in such a relaxed manner.
Lefties typically look easier on the eye and the Forest defender is no different, with his defending made to look effortless given his laid back nature.
Whether he plays for 12 minutes or 90 minutes it seems as though he gets pelters from his compatriots on Twitter.
Again an upsetting sign of the times but ultimately it seems mightily unfair on a player who simply oozes pure class week in and week out.
Forest fans love you, Scott, even if Scotland supporters don’t.