CELTIC have ended their interest in Aberdeen centre-back Scott McKenna after a £3.5million bid was rejected.
The Dons have insisted the 21-year-old Scotland international rookie is not for sale and there were claims they value the player in the £10million bracket.
Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers said: “‘He’s a player I’ve liked, but Aberdeen are in a strong position. He has five years left on his deal and he is a young player.
“The club made an offer, I’ve spoken to Aberdeen, but, probably similar to the likes of ourselves with Kieran Tierney, there was no way we were going to sell in this window and that was the message we got from Aberdeen. That would end that.
“‘What I’ve always felt is that the squad needs competition.
“But we can’t just bring anyone in to say we’ve signed a player.
“There has to be a purpose and a reason behind it and it has to be someone that is of a quality that we want. Otherwise, there is no point doing it.”
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