Kenny can fire himself into Scotland set-up at Norwich says ex-Don Gunn

Kenny McLean in action for Aberdeen

Norwich legend Bryan Gunn today insisted signing for the Canaries will boost Kenny McLean’s Scotland call-up chances.

McLean has signed on at the Championship Canaries on a three-and-a-half-year deal until summer 2021.

As part of the deal the midfielder will be loaned back to the Dons for the rest of the season.

Aberdeen have also landed a £200,000 transfer fee for McLean.

Former Dons keeper Gunn, who played more than 400 times for Norwich, reckons McLean can be a success in England.

And he also refused to rule out McLean reporting for duty in the summer with his new club promoted to the English top flight.

The 54-year-old Gothenburg Great said: “It is a fantastic deal for McLean, who is a good, technical player.

“I would imagine Daniel Farke (manager) and Stuart Webber (sporting director) see him as someone who can fit into the system they want to play.

“Norwich play with a lot of possession football and move the ball through midfield quickly to give strikers opportunities around the penalty area.

“They also look to score a lot of goals from midfield and James Maddison has netted a lot from outside the penalty box with excellent finishes.”

Aberdeen rejected a £300,000 bid from rivals Rangers last summer for McLean. It was expected the Ibrox club would renew their interest.

Gunn reckons moving to England will boost McLean’s chances of adding to his two Scotland caps to date.

He said: “Moving to the Championship could help McLean’s chances at international level.

“He is playing at one of the top teams in Scotland at Aberdeen.

“However, the Championship is the third highest watched league in Europe, so it is high profile.

“It gives that opportunity to be spotted. You come up against teams with big budgets and parachute payments that have been in the Premier League recently.”

Gunn admits loaning McLean back to Aberdeen for the rest of the season is a surprise development in the deal.

“They have lost some numbers from the squad so need new faces in the January transfer window,” he said.

“Cameron Jerome, Russell Martin, Alex Pritchard and Steven Naismith have all gone out.”

Norwich City are nine points off the promotion play-off spot, but Gunn insists McLean could yet return to a team back in the Premier League.

Gunn, whose goalkeeper son Angus is on loan at Norwich from Manchester City, said: “They had an unfortunate result at the weekend in losing to Sheffield United (2-1), who occupy that final play-off place.

“Norwich are nine points off the play-offs, but in the Championship that can be clawed back quickly as they play Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday.

“A good run of results and if your rivals don’t win you can find yourself moving up the table.

“Norwich have gone on strong runs of 10 to 11 games unbeaten.

“It is well within them to do that, but they just need to find that consistency. They have games against their main contenders coming up soon.”