Scott McKenna

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Scott McKenna
Personal information
Date of birth (1996-11-12) 12 November 1996 (age 21)
Place of birth Kirriemuir, Scotland
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Aberdeen
Number 5
Youth career
Aberdeen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014– Aberdeen 33 (2)
2014–2015Ayr United (loan) 12 (0)
2015–2016Alloa Athletic (loan) 4 (0)
2016–2017Ayr United (loan) 11 (1)
National team
2013–2015 Scotland U19[1] 14 (0)
2017– Scotland U21 5 (0)
2018– Scotland 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:02, 27 July 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:01, 3 June 2018 (UTC)

Scott McKenna (born 12 November 1996) is a Scottish professional footballer, who plays as a defender for Aberdeen and the Scotland national team. McKenna has also previously played for Ayr United and Alloa Athletic.

Club career[edit]

McKenna began his career in the Aberdeen academy in 2013. The Daily Record called him "one of the most promising defenders in the country".[2]

McKenna made his professional debut for Aberdeen as a substitute against St Johnstone on 6 February 2016.[3] His first start came against Heart of Midlothian on 16 May 2016.[4][5] On 22 May 2016, he signed a new two-year contract with Aberdeen,[2] In November 2016, McKenna moved on loan to Scottish Championship side Ayr United for 28 days, his second time on loan with the club.[6] His loan was subsequently extended until the end of the season.[7]

In October 2017, McKenna extended his Aberdeen contract until 2021. The club rejected a bid from Hull City to buy him in January 2018.[8] In January 2018, McKenna scored from more than 35 yards in Aberdeen's 3–1 win against Kilmarnock. He claimed in an interview after the match that Kilmarnock skipper Kris Boyd urged him to "shoot" so he obliged.[9] On 7 March 2018, McKenna signed a new contract extension until 2023.[10]

Aberdeen rejected an offer of £3.5 million for McKenna from Celtic in August 2018.[11]

International career[edit]

McKenna captained the Scotland under-19s in a 2–2 draw with the Czech Republic in 2014.[12] McKenna made his first appearance for the Scotland under-21s in September 2017.[13]

McKenna was selected for the full national squad in March 2018,[14] and made his full international debut in a 1–0 defeat against Costa Rica on 23 March.[15] In his fourth game for Scotland, a 1–0 defeat to Mexico on 2 June 2018, McKenna was made team captain.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 3 August 2018
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aberdeen 2014–15[17] Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16[18] Scottish Premiership 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2016–17[19] Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2017–18[20] Scottish Premiership 30 2 4 0 0 0 1[21] 0 35 2
2018–19[22] Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 2 0
Total 33 2 4 0 1 0 3 0 41 2
Ayr United (loan) 2014–15[17] Scottish League One 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Alloa Athletic (loan) 2015–16[18] Scottish Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Ayr United (loan) 2016–17[19] Scottish Championship 11 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 14 1
Career total 60 3 6 0 1 0 3 0 70 3
  1. ^ Appearanc(s) in the Europa League

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scott McKenna". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Mcallion, Kevin (22 March 2016). "Aberdeen tie down starlets Danny Rogers and Scott McKenna". Daily Record. Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Young Dons' Debuts - Season 2015/16". Aberdeen FC. 1 June 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Davie, Scott. "Aberdeen 0-1 Heart of Midlothian". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "What Aberdeen 0 - 1 Hearts told us about each side's summer recruitment". The Scotsman. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Wilson, Mike (11 November 2016). "Ayr United sign Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna on loan". Daily Record. Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Law, Gareth (27 January 2017). "Scott Mckenna says the only lasting sign of his heart scare is his golf handicap". The Scottish Sun. News Group. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Aberdeen turn down Hull City's offer for Scott McKenna". BBC Sport. 14 January 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "Scott McKenna-Kilmarnock Reaction". RedTV. 27 January 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018. 
  10. ^ "Aberdeen: Scott McKenna extends Pittodrie contract 'to kick on'". BBC Sport. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  11. ^ McLaughlin, Chris (22 August 2018). "Scott McKenna: Aberdeen reject Celtic bid of around £3.5m". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 August 2018. 
  12. ^ "Scott McKenna captains the Scotland U19s". afc.co.uk. Aberdeen FC. Retrieved 15 May 2016. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen: Scott McKenna praised for big part in win". BBC Sport. BBC. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  14. ^ "Six new faces in Alex McLeish's Scotland squad for March friendlies". BBC Sport. BBC. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  15. ^ "Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica". BBC Sport. BBC. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018. 
  16. ^ Lamont, Alasdair (3 June 2018). "Mexico 1-0 Scotland: Captaincy caps fairytale season - Scott McKenna". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  17. ^ a b "Games played by Scott McKenna in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "Games played by Scott McKenna in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  19. ^ a b "Games played by Scott McKenna in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Scott McKenna in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  21. ^ Appearance for Aberdeen under-20s in the Scottish Challenge Cup.
  22. ^ "Games played by Scott McKenna in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 July 2018.