Dons manager McInnes still wants defensive back-up for McKenna and co as Nowak gets trial chance


Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes today hailed Scotland defender Scott McKenna as “outstanding” during pre-season.

However, he still aims to bolster the defence and has taken Polish centre-back Krystian Nowak in on trial.

Nowak is a free agent having recently terminated his contract with Greek side Panionios.

The 24-year-old is set to feature for the Dons as a trialist in Sunday’s friendly against Cove Rangers at Balmoral Stadium.

Former Polish Under-21 international Nowak spent 18 months at Hearts from August 2016 and made 21 starts. He moved to the Greek Superleague in January this year.

McInnes is keen to sign a defender before the Europa League second qualifying round first leg with Burnley at Pittodrie on July 26 and Nowak has been given the opportunity to impress and win a deal.

Krystian Nowak in action for Hearts

McInnes said: “We are having a look at Nowak for the next few days.

“The plan is for him to be involved at Cove on Sunday. He knows the club and Scottish football so we will see how it goes.”

The UEFA signing deadline for the Europa League second round is Friday July 20. However, there is special dispensation for two wildcard signings to be registered beyond that before 7pm on July 25 – 24 hours before the first leg.

McKenna and Mikey Devlin have impressed throughout pre-season as the centre-back partnership but McInnes still wants to secure competition and back-up in that area.

McKenna was the Reds’ player of the year last season and marked a breakthrough campaign by captaining Scotland in a 1-0 loss in Mexico this summer.

McInnes said: “Scott McKenna has hardly put a foot wrong since he came back and has been outstanding again.

“When you see some of the youngsters getting involved against St Johnstone (2-2 draw), Scott is the perfect example for them.

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