Aberdeen assistant manager Tony Docherty thinks Dons central defender Scott McKenna “loves” defending and admitted that the Scotland international is a “top boy” with a “fantastic” attitude.

The 22-year-old has consistently impressed for the Pittodrie side and Docherty thinks he must be a “difficult” opponent for strikers.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes and assistant Tony Docherty is seen prior to the Betfred Cup Final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on November 27, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Doc also thinks his call-up to the Scotland squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers is his “reward” for his performances and attitude every day.

“He’s a top boy,” said Docherty, as quoted by BBC Scotland.

“He loves defending. He’s a difficult opponent because he just wants to keep that ball out his net and keep it out his six-yard box. His attitude every day to training is fantastic and boys like that get their rewards.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 08: Aberdeen Defender Scott McKenna takes a shot on goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Aberdeen and St Johnstone at Pittodrie Stadium on December 8, 2018 in Aberdeen, United Kingdom.

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“I thought we had a very, very strong performance on Saturday against Celtic, particularly in the second half when we carried a real goal threat as well as being good defensively.”

McKenna has made 29 appearances for the Dons this season and will be hoping to help them reach the Scottish Cup final after knocking Rangers out in the last round.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 05: Scott McKenna of Aberdeen 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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Derek McInnes’ side will face Celtic at Hampden next month for the chance to take on Hearts or Inverness Caley Thistle in the showpiece final.

After losing to the Hoops in the League Cup final earlier in the season, it would be the ideal chance to get some revenge as well as ending Celtic’s dreams of an unprecedented triple treble.