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January Celtic-Linked Defender Becomes Free Agent

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Scotland international Scott McKenna has become a free agent after being released by Nottingham Forest at the end of his contract. [Nottingham Forest]

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Soccer Football – Premier League – Arsenal v Nottingham Forest – Emirates Stadium, London, Britain – August 12, 2023
Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli in action with Nottingham Forest’s Scott McKenna REUTERS/David Klein 

This development has put Celtic on high alert as they seek to bolster their defensive options ahead of the new season.

McKenna, 27, featured only five times for Forest in the first half of the season before moving on loan to Copenhagen in January. During his time with the Danish side, he played in the Champions League round of 16 against Manchester City.

Celtic were reportedly interested in securing McKenna’s services on loan in January, but Copenhagen won the race at that time. [Sky Sports]

Now, with McKenna available on a free transfer, the Hoops have a renewed opportunity to sign the centre-half.

McKenna last played in Scotland for Aberdeen, where he made 118 appearances between 2014 and 2020, establishing himself as a solid defensive presence.

Celtic are in need of reinforcing their central defence, especially with the uncertainty surrounding current options.

Liam Scales is deemed insufficient for a starting role as the left-sided centre-half, while backups Maik Nawrocki and Gustaf Lagerbielke have struggled to make an impact and could potentially be moved on by manager Brendan Rodgers.

With McKenna’s proven track record and availability on a free transfer, he presents a valuable opportunity for Celtic to strengthen their backline as they prepare for the challenges of the upcoming season.

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