Frank McAvennie claims Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes “must be hitting his head off a brick wall” after long-standing Celtic target Scott McKenna joined Nottingham Forest.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, offered his sympathy to McInnes, 49, who has to “build a new team every year without fail”.

Nottingham Forest confirmed the signing of McKenna, 23, yesterday after this site revealed that an initial £3million fee was agreed with Aberdeen.

The Hoops 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 Paradise earlier this month.

He has graduated from the Dons youth ranks to establish himself as a regular at Pittodrie – he made 119 appearances for the first team and helped them finish second in 2017-18.

When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to McKenna’s move south of the border, McAvennie said:

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“I feel for Derek McInnes because every single year, without fail, he has to build a new team. I feel for the boy.

“He keeps producing and producing and he must be hitting his head off a brick wall. He gets the nucleus of a decent team and then they sell his best players. That is the world we live in now but Derek is doing wonders.” 

The Scottish Premiership could still sign another centre-back before the 5 October deadline with doubts over the future of Kristoffer Ajer, who is the subject of interest from the Premier League and Serie A.

Speaking on speculation surrounding Ajer’s future, Lennon said: “You can’t control speculation – there’s been no concrete offers, no confirmation of anything and we don’t want to sell him.”

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