FORMER Celtic target and current Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna has lifted the lid on the summer transfer window where he was subject of bids from both Celtic and Aston Villa.
Speaking to Aberdeen TV the player recalled the rumours and the talks around his Dons departure but always believed he would be staying at Pittodrie.
“There had been offers earlier in the window (Celtic’s £3.5million bid) but I thought they had passed by.” Admitted Mckenna.
“I was injured at the time and I was not expecting anything to happen. I was not even thinking about it.”
“Then on deadline day I had been doing some running at the Barracks and when I got back in my car there were some missed calls from my agent.
“I phoned him back and he said there had been an offer from another club, Aston Villa.
“The club decided to knock it back and it is fine.
“The next day it was forgotten about. I was just trying to get myself back fit and getting back onto the field and playing again”
Celtic turned to McKenna in the last week of the transfer window as they looked for someone to come in and help Celtic’s injury prone defence.
In the end, Celtic managed to get Leicester’s Filip Benkovic on-loan and the Croatian under -21 has fared well since joining the Scottish champions.
Asked if he sees a move away from the Dons eventually McKenna admitted there will come a time for him to go but not right now.
“If there is an offer that is right I will get a chance to move on but now I am fully focused and enjoying playing for Aberdeen and wanting to be part of a successful team, winning trophies.”
McKenna will now serve a two-match ban for a reckless challenge on Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard who suffered a dead leg as a result of the player’s lunge in the Bhoys 1-0 win over the Dons.