Scott McKenna has been a stand out for Aberdeen this season.

The central defender has shown exactly why manager Derek McInnes was so keen to extend his contract and secure his future.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 05: Scott McKenna of Aberdeen celebrates after he scores the opening goal during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on December 5, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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But with a host of clubs looking to pinch the defender, the Dons must do everything they can to keep the 22-year-old.

Since breaking into the first-team, McKenna has made 59 appearances for the Reds.

Celtic are one of a number of clubs interested in McKenna, according to reports, and a massive bid could force McInnes’ hand.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Scott McKenna of Scotland speaks at a press conference prior to the UEFA Nations League match between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park on November 19, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The Dons turned down a “very substantial” offer for McKenna in the summer.

It was reported over the summer that they were looking for £10million for him.

Even if there is a huge offer, it is unlikely that Aberdeen will be able to replace the Scotland international.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 14: Scott McKenna of Scotland during the International Friendly match between Scotland and Portugal at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland on October 14, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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Getting someone of similar ability would cost well beyond what the Dons can afford to pay.

With McKenna such an important part of the side, losing him could kill any title aspirations at Pittodrie.

Sitting only a few points off the leaders, McInnes’ side are very much in the title picture just now.

Selling their best players isn’t going to help them take that next step and be successful.

Especially if they sell them to their title rivals.

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