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McInnes furious at late timing of clubs' interest in star McKenna


Scott McKenna
Scott McKenna

By Robert Jones

Angry Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes insists he is still planning on playing Scott McKenna against Rijeka but has revealed his "contempt" for the English clubs trying to prise him away at the last minute.

The defender has jetted out with the rest of the Dons squad for tonight's Europa League clash in Croatia despite having submitted a formal transfer request earlier this week.

The 22-year-old Scotland international decided to act after seeing bids rejected from both QPR and Nottingham Forest.

His plea was dismissed, but the timing of the interest has left McInnes furious.

The English transfer window shuts just two hours before McInnes' side are due to kick-off at the HNK Rijeka Stadium and, should either of McKenna's suitors return with an acceptable bid, the Dons boss could be left having to re-jig his plans at the 11th hour.

McInnes said: "Nothing has changed with Scott and unless someone tells me differently, he is playing.

"Clubs have had every opportunity over the last few weeks. Any club trying to do a deal now has no consideration for us and total disregard for us on the eve of such an important game.

"The team is picked and he's playing. It's hardly ideal preparation, but it's a Europa League game. There's a degree of anger, frustration and contempt towards these clubs for trying to put their best foot forward now."

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