Celtic are plotting a new bid for Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna and hope to get him for less than the £7million Stoke City agreed last year.
The Scotland international is on the radar of the Hoops as they look to bring in a proven centre-back this summer.
The Hoops have previously submitted offers for McKenna that were knocked back by Aberdeen.
They were well below the price offered by Stoke City, who, a recruitment source has told Football Insider, had a £7m bid accepted by the Pittodrie club on deadline day in January of last year and gave the the defender permission to hold talks.
However, a deal could not be finalised and it collapsed at the eleventh hour just as the window was shutting.
McKenna remains of great interest to clubs in the English Championship ahead of the opening of this summer’s window.
Aberdeen are braced for more bids for their prize asset but the financial chaos wreaked by the pandemic means they are unlikely to get £7m for him.
The Scotland international has three years remaining on the contract he signed in 2018.
He has graduated from the Dons youth ranks to make 112 appearances for the first team, 35 of which came in the recently-terminated campaign.
McKenna has also been capped 14 times by Scotland and is emerging as a key member of the first choice XI.
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