Celtic linked with transfer move for Nottingham Forest defender

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It is quite clear that the Celtic squad needs a refresh in the January transfer window. One area in need of changes might be centre-back, with too many players not contributing there. Nat Phillips is expected to return to Liverpool when his loan spell ends next month. On the other hand, both Yuki Kobayashi and Gustaf Lagerbielke have been linked with exits as well.

In that scenario, Celtic might need to sign another centre-back. And rumours doing the rounds online are linking them with a move for Nottingham Forest's Scott McKenna.

McKenna is a Scottish international and has been linked with Celtic in the past as well. Since then, he has gone on to play football at the Championship and Premier League level, and surely has improved as a player.

Also, at 27 years of age, McKenna is entering his prime as a footballer. Speculation of Celtic being potentially interested in him has certainly divided the opinion of the supporters though.

Celtic linked with transfer move for Nottingham Forest defender

On one hand, it is not hard to see why Celtic might be interested in McKenna. He is already proven in the Premiership, has played international football, has experience in the Premier League and the Championship. The Hoops need some experienced players right now and he quite certainly would fit the bill.

But on the other hand, just because he has played in the Premier League for Nottingham Forest does not mean that he would succeed at Celtic. So had Shane Duffy, and did so after leaving Parkhead following that nightmare loan spell as well.

There are certain attributes that a centre-back needs to have if they are to succeed at Celtic. Now, it is the recruitment department who need to make sure to find a player in January who fits the require profile.