The 22-year-old has been the Dons’ star-man over the last few years, putting in a string of solid displays in defence, as well as captaining the Scotland national team on more than one occasion.
Throughout the summer transfer window, the likes of Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers had bids turned down for the talented defender, with Sheffield Wednesday also making a late move for him on Deadline Day.
In an attempt to secure a move to England, McKenna handed in a transfer request at Pittodrie, but a move failed to materialise and the defender remains at the SPFL side.
Speaking about McKenna’s transfer request and failed moves to the Championship, though, Aberdeen boss McInnes has commended McKenna for remaining professional, despite being left disappointed after a move broke down.
“He’s been almost faultless. He’s been different class and on Thursday night I thought he was fantastic. He got his game head on and got on with it.
“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.”
McKenna has since started twice in a matter of days for Aberdeen, as they lost 2-0 to Rijeka in the Europa League and then 1-0 to St. Mirren in the SPFL on Sunday afternoon.
It would have been a real blow for McKenna after failing to complete a move to England despite handing in a transfer request.
Premier League sides were after him last season, so he will be disappointed that he is still an Aberdeen player despite attracting interest from some big clubs in England.
I think that a move to Sheffield Wednesday would have been best for him, especially after missing out on Michael Hector in the summer as they really needed to replace him.Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!