Celtic hero Peter Grant believes the Hoops missed a trick by letting Nottingham Forest sign Scott McKenna.

The Reds landed the left-sided centre-back almost two years to the day and he’s been a revelation.

Grant was talking to BBC Sportsound and made the claim about Celtic and their pursuit of McKenna.

It’s thought that both Old Firm clubs were keen to sign the player when he was at Aberdeen.

Celtic missed McKenna trick
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Celtic did see one bid rejected but they never returned and in the end, McKenna signed for Forest.

Grant thinks Celtic missed a trick and has been suggesting as much during a recent interview.

He told BBC Sportsound: “I 100 per cent thought that Celtic would take him from Aberdeen because he’s a natural left-sider and they were only going to make money from him.

“I can’t believe they didn’t go for him. He was available and having a left-sider is key in the modern game.

“He’s an old-school centre-back. There are no tattoos – you can imagine him in the pub playing darts. He doesn’t get carried away. His distribution can be better but defending is his thing and he’s very good at it.”

Celtic missed a trick by not signing McKenna

Grant has a point. It’s no secret that Rangers and Celtic typically try to cherry-pick the better players from the rest of the Scottish Premiership as they emerge.

McKenna was brilliant for Aberdeen over several years. Celtic bizarrely made a move to sign him but then pulled out of the race after one failed bid.

Celtic missed McKenna trick
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Their loss is ultimately Forest’s gain and they will feel very lucky to have beaten big clubs like Celtic to his signature.

McKenna gives his all every time he wears the Garibaldi. Now, the challenge for the player is to prove his worth in the Premier League.

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