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In Profile: Kenny McLean

22 January 2018

On Monday, Norwich City completed the signing of Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean on a three-and-a-half year deal.

McLean will return to the Dons on loan for the remainder of the season, before linking up with his new team ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

Born in Rutherglen, he spent time in the youth teams of both Aberdeen and Rangers as a schoolboy before electing to leave the latter in 2008.

Upon departing the Glasgow side he joined St Mirren, ahead of moving on loan to Second Division outfit Arbroath in December 2009.

He made his senior debut in Arbroath's 4-3 defeat to Stirling Albion - the same team he scored his only goal for the club against some four months later.

After 23 appearances for Arbroath, McLean returned to St Mirren and made his club debut at the age of 18 as a substitute against Hamilton in October 2010.

McLean gradually established himself as a mainstay for the remainder of that season and beyond, scoring 20 times in 113 league starts in total prior to joining Aberdeen in February 2015.

His first Dons goal came in a 3-0 away win against HNK Rijeka in the second qualifying round of the Europa League in July 2015, before also netting the only goal on his league debut against Dundee United.

Last season McLean linked up with City's James Maddison in the midfield at Pittodrie, scoring five times in 52 appearances across all competitions.

Having featured for Scotland at youth level, his first appearance for the senior side came in a friendly against Czech Republic in March 2016.

He also played the full 90 minutes of the national side's most recent fixture against The Netherlands towards the end of last year.

This season, McLean has found the net four times in 25 outings for Aberdeen, including winning goals against Partick Thistle and Ross County.

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