Aberdeen’s Kari Arnason reckons defensive partner Scott McKenna should be in new Scotland boss Alex McLeish’s thoughts

Aberdeen's Scott McKenna after scoring against Kilmarnock earlier this year.

Aberdeen defender Kari Arnason reckons team-mate Scott McKenna will be under consideration by Scotland manager Alex McLeish.

The new Dark Blues boss will name his squad for this month’s friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary on Thursday.

A lack of quality central defenders has been a long-running problem for the national team but Arnason reckons 21-year-old McKenna could flourish at international level.

The 64-times capped Iceland international said: “Scott’s got quite a future.

“I have said all along he has all the potential in the world plus the physique.

“He just needs to keep improving and the sky really is the limit for him.

“I think he’s shown that already and with the pace and the strength he has he can go toe-to-toe with anyone.

“He can definitely push on. I’ve watched Scott every day in training and if he continued to apply himself he’ll get there eventually.

“Whether it would be wise to rush him in now or wait a couple of years, I don’t know.

“That is up to the Scotland manager. But I would say he should definitely be in or around the squad.

“He’s physically very strong and I think he is the quickest player
on our team, which is quite unusual for such a big boy.

“He also has a great left foot. He’s got a lot of strengths.”

Arnason is also hoping to be involved in his country’s upcoming friendlies against Mexico and Peru as they warm up for this summer’s World Cup.

Iceland will make their first appearance in the World Cup in Russia and have been drawn in the same group as Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria.

Arnason added: “I can’t think about that too much.

“I have been quite a big part of the Iceland national team in the last few years and I just hope to be involved in the

“Obviously the more games I play at club level the better and there is no shying away from that. I just need to focus on my football and get as many games as I can.”