Scott McKenna to Celtic transfer takes sudden twist

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Over the past few weeks, Scott McKenna has been heavily linked with a move to Celtic. The Scottish international centre-back has lost his place in the Nottingham Forest first-team plans and even a change in managers has not changed his situation. His current deal there runs out next summer and rumours have suggested that the Premier League club are keen to part ways this month rather than see him walk out as a free agent after the season.

Celtic's centre-back situation is interesting, to say the least. Liam Scales and Cameron Carter-Vickers are the first-choice starters. But a lot of fans believe that they can improve when it comes to the former and the latter has struggled with injuries all season.

On the other hand, Nat Phillips has already left Celtic after his loan spell from Liverpool came to an end. Yuki Kobayashi is believed to be closing in on a move to Yokohama F. Marinos too. And there have been plenty of suggestions that the club are ready to listen to offers for Gustaf Lagerbielke.

If three centre-backs left this month, it would make sense for the club to bring someone in. A player like McKenna would make a lot of sense. He is entering his prime, has experience of the Premiership and should challenge for a starting spot immediately. Yet, it looks like a move to Parkhead is not on the cards.

McKenna to Celtic transfer takes sudden twist

As reported by the Daily Record, Brendan Rodgers has not placed the name of McKenna on his list of defensive targets. That could clear the way for Rangers to make their move.

Any move for McKenna would have divided the opinion of the Celtic fans. But many will not be happy if he does end up at Ibrox.

If that was to happen, McKenna would become the second player in quick succession to be linked with Celtic only to join the Rangers. The same happened with Fabio Silva not too long ago.