Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes insists that Scott McKenna deserves “a lot of credit” for handling the ongoing saga surrounding his Pittodrie future and maintaining his level of performances.

McKenna made a transfer request earlier this month before bids were made, and rejected, hours before the Dons face NK Rijeka in the Europa League.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 02: Scott McKenna of Aberdeen walks on the pitch with team mates prior to the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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McInnes says that he understands McKenna’s position – and insists the defender understands the club’s – and admits that he isn’t surprised with the manner in which the Scotland international has just “got on with it.”

“Scott was obviously keen to make that next step and look at a move,” McInnes said, as quoted by the Evening Express.

“However, he understands and respects the club’s stance. It is important you respond to disappointment.

“I am not surprised that he dealt with everything. His performances have been as good as they normally are. I am not surprised by that.

“Scott deserves a lot of credit for dealing with what he has had to deal with. He has dealt with it and got on with what is important, which is the job in hand, and done very well for me.”

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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The 22-year-old has remained in the side but could still be on the move before the September 2nd deadline if someone can meet Aberdeen’s demands.

Aston Villa, Stoke City, Swansea City, Hull City and Celtic have all had bids rejected in recent windows, according to the Evening Express, so it’s clear Aberdeen are in no rush to sell one of their prized assets.

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