Steven Reid has commented on how Scotland star Scott McKenna is getting on with Nottingham Forest.
The former Ireland international has been Steve Clarke’s number two on the international scene but is back in club football too. He joined up with Nottingham Forest recently in a first-team coaching capacity.
It’s part of the changes new Forest boss Chris Hughton is making in Nottingham. For Reid, it does mean his workload has increased, dealing with a 46-game Championship season and crucial Scotland matches.
The biggest of these international tests comes on Thursday as Scotland travel to Serbia. Victory in that would seal a place at Euro 2020, Scotland’s first major tournament in 22 years.
Reid has also got to spend much more time with Scotland defender McKenna, who returns to the squad this month. Scotland’s number two and Hughton have liked what they have witnessed.
“It’s great to have that relationship with him at club level and with the national team,” said Reid at his press conference. “He’s been fantastic for the last few games for us at Nottingham Forest. I’m almost sick of seeing him now!
“He’s been great since he got that big move in the summer and hopefully he continues that for us. He felt it was the right time – there’d been speculation over the last couple of years whether he’d move on – to test himself in a different league.
“Being in it again makes you realise how difficult the Championship is. We’re playing Wycombe at the weekend, who are a more direct threat, but you’re playing teams who play out from the back and different qualities of opposition.
“I’ve been impressed with him and I know the manager (Chris Hughton) has, with his performances at club level. With him missing the last camp it’s good to have him back with us.”