By Frank McAvennie

24th Sep, 2020 | 1:00pm

Exclusive: Celtic tipped to sign defender 'Very much like Duffy' next summer after £3m deal

Frank McAvennie claims Celtic may yet sign Scott McKenna despite the Scottish defender joining Nottingham Forest yesterday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the Hoops legend suggested that his former club could make a move for the 23-year-old in 12 months time.

Nottingham Forest confirmed the signing of McKenna yesterday after this site revealed that an initial £3million fee was agreed with Aberdeen.

Neil Lennon’s side have held a longstanding interest in the Scotland international and he was on the club’s shortlist of centre-back targets this summer along with Shane Duffy, who completed a move to Parkhead earlier this month.

He graduated from the Dons youth ranks to establish himself as a regular at Pittodrie and made 119 appearances for the first team.

When asked by Football Insider why he thought the Hoops missed out on the centre-half, McAvennie said: “McKenna is very much like Duffy.

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“He likes to get involved and is a very good player.

“I do not think Aberdeen would have wanted to sell him to Celtic and that is the problem. The problem Celtic have got is that other Scottish clubs do not want to sell their best players to the big two because they run over the top of them.

“I do not know if that deal was ever on the go, McKenna going to Celtic, because I do not think Aberdeen would have sold him to us.

“He might go down to Nottingham Forest and Celtic buy him in a years time.” 

The Glasgow giants may well be in the market for another centre-half next summer with the future of Kristoffer Ajer far from certain and Shane Duffy‘s season-long loan deal set to expire in June 2021.

Ajer could even leave before the 5 October deadline amid interest from the Premier League and Serie A.

In other news, Celtic have been tipped to seal two new signings by 5 October after big update.