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McKenna says Scots call-up ?massive? for his career but focus is now on cup cracker down at Rugby Park

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McKenna says Scots call-up ?massive? for his career but focus is now on cup cracker down at Rugby Park McKenna says Scots call-up ?massive? for his career but focus is now on cup cracker down at Rugby Park

McKenna says Scots call-up ?massive? for his career but focus is now on cup cracker down at Rugby Park

Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna today insisted securing a debut senior Scottish call-up is ?massive? for his rising career.
The 21-year-old?s stellar ascent this season hit another high as he was named in Alex McLeish?s first squad.
Centre-back McKenna is joined in the 27-man line-up alongside fellow Dons Kenny McLean and Ryan Christie.
Scotland will face Costa Rica in a Hampden friendly on Friday, March 23, before playing Hungary in Budapest the following Tuesday.
McKenna?s superb form since breaking into the starting team last September saw Aberdeen reject four bids from Hull for the centre-back in January, with the final approach in excess of £1 million.
Having signed a contract extension until 2023 last week, McKenna registered another landmark with his call-up into McLeish?s international squad.
The Scotland Under-21 skipper said: ?It is massive to get a Scotland call-up.
?I had just got back into the U21s squad after being out the Scotland set-up for a couple of years, so I?m just delighted to be there.?
McKenna is one of six new faces in national boss McLeish?s first Scotland squad.
Scott McKenna in action for Scotland U21.
Swansea striker Oli McBurnie, Hibs midfielder Dylan McGeouch, Hearts keeper Jon McLaughlin and Wolves full-back Barry Douglas have received debut call-ups.
McLeish had already confirmed Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay would be involved.
The Costa Rica game is 11 days away ? but for now all McKenna?s focus is on seeing off Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup quarter-final replay at Rugby Park tonight. He said: ?We have beaten Kilmarnock down there (Rugby Park) earlier in the season and also at Pittodrie.
?We have to take confidence from that so hopefully we can get into the semi-final.?
At stake at Rugby Park tonight is a slot at Hampden on the weekend of April 14 and 15.
McKenna will be at the national stadium before then for the friendly with World Cup 2018-bound Costa Rica.
However, he is determined to secure a quick-fire return to Hampden, a venue he has yet to play at.
?I was at Hampden with Ayr United when I was on loan but I was on the bench against Queens Park,? he added.
?It feels weird when you are at Hamdpen for the league as there is hardly anyone there and there is no atmosphere.
?I have travelled to Hampden with Aberdeen before but never got stripped so it was just a case of wishing the boys all the best in the dressing room.
?To get to Hampden and have the chance to play would be something special for me.?
McKenna may only have broken into the Dons first team six months ago but boss Derek McInnes is confident he is ready for the Scotland call.
New Scotland manager Alex McLeish at Hampden Park, Glasgow.
He said: ?Alex (McLeish) was at the game on Saturday and Scott was magnificent against Partick.
?Conor Sammon is strong, has know-how and experience, but Scott and Anthony O?Connor defended fantastically well.
?Scott is ready for this and if Alex decides to play him in the games he won?t let anyone...


Fuente de la noticia: eveningexpress-aberdeen
Fecha de publicación: 13-03-2018 16:51
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