Manager confirms contract talks for midfield lynchpin after reported Rangers bid
By Danny Wright
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has confirmed that he is in talks with Kenny McLean over a new contract.
The Scotsman reports that McLean, 25, was the subject of a £300,000 bid from Rangers during the summer transfer window, which was kicked into touch by the Dons’ board.
Now, McInnes has made it clear that he is hoping of tying down the midfield lynchpin to a new deal, with his current contract set to expire at the end of this season.
However the Aberdeen boss has admitted that he has worries that the one-time Scotland international may be difficult to negotiate with.
“We have spoken to Kenny and Anthony [O’Connor], who are out of contract as well as one or two of the younger ones,” said McInnes, as quoted by the Scotsman.
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“It has been on-going. These things can take a bit longer but we are in discussions.
“I’m sure we will try to find a way to make both happen if possible. If we can’t then we will deal with it and move on.”
McLean began his career at Rangers but has since made a name for himself elsewhere, especially last season when his displays in the Aberdeen engine room propelled McInnes’ side up to a second-placed finish in the Scottish Premiership.
He made a stunning 53 appearances across all competitions last term, scoring five goals and supplying five assists.
The ex-St. Mirren ace has also started this campaign in a similar vein of form, scoring twice in 10 matches in both domestic and European contests.
Football Insider Verdict
McLean is the type of player who would fit perfectly into the Rangers squad, especially due to his experience of playing next to Ryan Jack at Pittodrie. However since making that bid, the Light Blues signed Graham Dorrans, who is arguably a better midfielder and is definitely more experienced. McLean could be available on the cheap in January or even for free next summer so it’s definitely something that is worth monitoring by Pedro Caixinha. He may need a new central midfield is Carlos Pena takes too long to settle into life at Ibrox, and McLean could be the man to replace him.