The Aberdeen manager, Derek McInnes, has revealed that Scott McKenna felt a bit of disappointment after failing to secure a move to Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest or Queens Park Rangers.
Wednesday, Forest and QPR are all said to have bid for McKenna in the lead up to the transfer deadline for English Premier League and Championship clubs.
And the Owls caretaker boss, Lee Bullen, confirmed as much via the club’s official Facebook account on Friday.
But Aberdeen stood firm, sparking talk of a potential fall out between McInnes and McKenna.
According to the former, though, the pair remain on good terms.
“I never fell out with him in the first place,” McInnes told the BBC, via the Scottish Sun.
“He’s been almost faultless.
“He’s been different class and on Thursday night I thought he was fantastic.
“Obviously a bit of disappointment was there for him but everybody at the club is right behind him and I’m sure the fans will get right behind him as well.
“I think that his performances for us will continue.
“We move towards the next window with him because as I say we’re not going to stop this speculation because he is too good a player.”
Both Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest were able to source McKenna alternatives ahead of the deadline, signing David Bates (loan) and Chema, respectively.
But QPR will have to go with what they have already got, unless they choose to enter the free agent market.
It was reported earlier this summer that Aberdeen wanted at least £7 million for McKenna, although it is unclear how much was offered by Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest or Queens Park Rangers.