Kenny eyes Auld En­emy

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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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