Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is seemingly furious with those advising Scott McKenna after the defender handed in a transfer request.
The Daily Record had reported recently that the Dons had knocked back bids of around £3 million from Nottingham Forest and QPR for the defender.
With the English transfer window set to shut this week, McKenna has handed in a transfer request to help force through a move.
McInnes has expressed his anger at the move, but it doesn’t seem to be the player who he has a problem with.
A source close to the situation told the Daily Record: “Derek feels Scott is being badly advised and that the agent involved is trying to force Aberdeen’s hand.
“That’s simply not going to happen and, if anything, this has merely strengthened the club’s resolve. No bid will be accepted for Scott unless Aberdeen’s valuation is met.”
Aberdeen boss McInnes is right to be furious, but these events are unfortunate
It’ll be a real shame if this is how McKenna’s spell at Pittodrie ends. People may question his ability at a high level, but what’s undeniable is the potential McKenna has.
Plus, he’s actually a great defender. He’s strong in the air and is a match for anyone physically in the Premiership. He’ll be a big miss if Aberdeen do manage to get what they want for him.
McInnes has every right to be furious. If McKenna’s agent is advising him to put the club that has nurtured his client for so many years under serious pressure, then that’s a mark of sheer disrespect.
Aberdeen are very unlikely to buckle under this request and why should they? McKenna’s under contract till 2023. They’ll want to keep their prize asset for now. The Dons don’t have to flog him to the first bidder.
If a suitable bid does come in though, they’ll likely accept it. The advise McKenna is getting is threatening to tarnish some of the positive contributions he has made to the Red Army cause.