Celtic suffer transfer blow
Celtic have had a £3.5million bid rejected for Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna and will not be signing the defender this summer, according to the Daily Record.
The 21-year-old had emerged as a Celtic target as Brendan Rodgers looks to add defensive reinforcements but also to breathe fresh life into their season following their Champions League qualifying exit to AEK Athens.
The Bhoys have signed Odsonne Edouard from Paris Saint-Germain while adding Emilio Izaguirre and Scott Bain on free transfers. They also sealed a loan deal for teenage forward Daniel Arzani from Manchester City this week.
But their hopes of recruiting McKenna have taken a blow with Aberdeen having declared the centre-back is not for sale.
The Dons have previously rejected bids from Championship clubs Hull City and Swansea City with a £10m price-tag put on the player’s head.
Scotland international McKenna has grown into a key figure for Aberdeen and only signed a new-and-improved contract at Pittodrie, keeping him at the club until 2013, back in March.
Black Cats eye Christie
Sunderland are keen on signing Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie on loan.
That’s the claim of the Sunderland Echo, who say the 23-year-old is available for loan having failed to feature at Parkhead since a £500,000 switch from Inverness Caledonian Thistle three years ago.
Christie scored eight goals in 43 appearances across all competitions for the Dons last year and Derek McInnes is understood to be rivalling Sunderland for the Scotland international’s signature.
Christie has just one year remaining on the four-year deal he signed with Celtic in September 2015 and is highly unlikely to be offered fresh terms with the Glasgow giants.
The Echo suggest Sunderland could look to land Christie on loan with the view to making the deal a permanent one in January to avoid facing competition for his signature six months later.
He has appeared twice from the substitute’s bench for Rodgers’ side this season but has spent the last 18 months out on loan at Aberdeen.
Brendan’s Boyata update
Dedryck Boyata has spoken to Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers and captain Scott Brown to address his future at the club.
The Belgium international cleared the air having missed out on their Champions League exit at the hands of AEK in Athens, Greece.
Boyata insisted he was injured while Rodgers felt the defender, subject of a £9million bid rejected by Fulham earlier this month, was fit enough to play.
Boyata is into the final year of his contract with Celtic and has continued to be linked with an exit.
And Rodgers revealed that he and Brown have sat down and spoken to the centre-back – who was sent to train with the under-20s before his senior return – ahead of next week’s transfer window deadline (August 31).
Rodgers said: “It’s very simple and it’s closed now. He had a meeting with the captain and myself. We all spoke about where we were at and wanted to move on from it.
“We only want good players but, more importantly, we only want good attitudes in the group and that was something that was very clear.”
Boyata has not to travelled with the rest of the squad to face FK Suduva in their Europa League play-off round qualifier in Lithuania today (6pm).
Rodgers added: “He’s trained the last few days with the squad but deems himself not quite right physically to participate in the games.”