Kenny eyes Auld Enemy
Cambuslang man Kenny McLean hopes to get the better of England at Hampden after Scotland call-up
Cambuslang man Kenny McLean hopes to test himself against the Auld Enemy at Hampden after being called up to the Scotland national team.
The former Cathkin High School pupil has been selected for the World Cup qualifier against England on June 10.
His only cap for the senior squad came in a friendly with the Czech Republic in March 2016 and he has failed to break his way back in to coach Gordon Strachan’s plans until now.
The Aberdeen midfielder, who recently visited Somervell Park to watch his hometown team Cambuslang Rangers following the Scottish Cup semi-final win over Hibernian, reckons an appearance in a Scotland shirt would put a shine on a good season with The Dons.
“It’s brilliant, ”said Kenny when asked about being picked for the squad. “I was called up to the squad at a similar time last year and I’ve not been able to get in the squad since so it’s great I’ve been able to work my way back in. I’ve had a great season with Aberdeen and I’ve worked hard to play my way into contention.
“Obviously you want to test yourself against the best in the world. The [English] Premier League is one of the best in the world. A lot of our [Scottish] players want to play there so it’s exciting to be involved in such a big game on the June 10.”
Kenny will join fellow Aberdeen teammate Mark Reynolds in the national squad but there was no place for another Don defender, Graeme Shinnie, who was tipped to be chosen.
Although disappointed for his teammate who helped Aberdeen reach both the League and Scottish Cup finals this season, Kenny reckons he’ll get his chance in the future.
“It just shows how good a season we’ve had to have two guys in the squad, ”Kenny said.“So it’s great to get the recognition for Aberdeen and to have Mark and myself there.
“Of course it’s disappointing for Graeme. You want to have as many players in the team as possible. He’s been excellent this season so I’m sure his time will come.”
The excitement of a Scotland call up however, has been put to one side as Kenny’s season with Aberdeen is still not over.
Commenting on preparation for this weekend’s Scottish Cup final against Celtic, Kenny added: “Everything is going well. I think everyone is fit so that is good because it gives the manger a selection headache. We’re all ready for it so we’ll enjoy the build up and we’ll see if we can end the season with some silverware.”
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