With Steven Gerrard still after a centre-back, should Rangers hijack Celtic’s move for Scott McKenna?
McKenna has already been capped by Scotland at just 21-years-old, and Gerrard is still in the market for a centre-back. The Aberdeen star wouldn’t break the partnership of Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic. However, if either is sidelined then McKenna would be decent cover.
As it stands, only Ross McCrorie could potentially come in at the back should an injury occur to either centre-back. Cover is essential if the Gers want to mount a title-challenge this season.
McKenna is out with a hamstring injury for the next four weeks. However, there’s no doubting that securing his signature would be a big morale-booster for Gerrard and his men.
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Statement of Intent
With Celtic having well-documented defensive issues, it would be a statement for Rangers to nab their top target.
The only stumbling block could be the difficulty in dealing with Aberdeen. The Dons are likely to not want to sell McKenna to Rangers given they’ll be looking to finish above the Ibrox side.
The way Hibs dealt with Celtic over John McGinn shows that clubs aren’t just feeder sides to the Old Firm nowadays. With the rivalry between Aberdeen and Rangers having intensified even further in recent years, nabbing McKenna would be tricky.
Lack of Defensive Cover
However, time is running out in the transfer window, and still, Rangers need defensive cover.
The signature of McKenna would add some strength in depth whilst slapping down Celtic at the same time. Getting one over on your rivals should never be the main reason for securing any signing. However, McKenna ticks a few boxes in terms of quality and mentality.
It would help signal to the rest of Scotland that Rangers are truly ready to battle for success this season.
McKenna is by no means a world-beater as of yet and doesn’t have the same continental flavour of a Katic. However, he offers terrific potential and solid cover should Gerrard decide to splash out once more.