Canaries midfielder excited to face global stars in the Premier League

Scotland midfielder Kenny McLean has played an important role in Norwich City sealing promotion 
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Scotland midfielder Kenny McLean has played an important role in Norwich City sealing promotion Picture: Alan Stanford/Focus Images

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Kenny McLean is relishing the thought of taking on the Premier League big boys following Norwich City’s promotion.

One point in the final game at Aston Villa on Sunday will ensure City win the Championship title and the Scotland midfielder is already surveying stadiums to tick off his bucket list.

“Obviously the Premier League is a dream for any player,” said McLean. “There are a lot of fixtures which excite everybody.

“The top teams are ones you want to go up against and you want to go those stadiums. You see Spurs' new stadium and you relish the prospect of playing there next season.

“But I look forward to Stamford Bridge. I have been there a couple of times to watch Champions League games and the atmosphere and occasion is something you want to be involved in and put yourself against the best players.

“They haven't done as well this season but in terms of where you want to go and play Chelsea and Manchester United have always been at the top.

“Thankfully for us, as a club, we have given ourselves the opportunity to go against some of the best players in the world. That is something you need to enjoy and look forward to because we have worked hard to get there. We have been deserved promotion winners and we can look forward this summer to what's ahead.”

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The 27-year-old admits clinching promotion was not on his mind when City picked up five points from their opening six games, particularly after damaging ankle ligaments in just his third match.

The former Aberdeen midfielder returned at the start of the year and has subsequently become a regular starter for the Canaries.

“The most important thing in this league is always promotion,” McLean added, speaking to Press Association Sport. “But to win the league, it would just be the icing on the cake. It would be much better for everybody, that would be pretty special.

“Obviously after the first five or six games we weren't looking great, and at that time the last thing on your mind is promotion.

“The injury totally disrupted my season and it dragged on much longer than me or anyone anticipated. But the boys were great, they went on a run and put us in a good position – and the way we have finished the season has been unbelievable.”

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