Promising Celtic youngster stretchered off after 35 minutes of youth international

By Euan Davidson

March 24, 2022

Celtic suffered their first and hopefully last casualty of the international break, with youngster Johnny Kenny suffering an injury for Ireland U19s against England.

Kenny had been a thorn in the side of the English U19s before being forced off in the 35th minute. He hit the post after 11 minutes, and had linked up well with Sinclair Armstrong, himself coming off with an injury. The Irish Examiner said Kenny was injured by a studs-up tackle from Brentford goalkeeper Matthew Cox.

That caused quite a scene. With Kenny down, holding his knee, coaches Jon Walters and Stephen Ward remonstrated with the referee. No punishment was handed out, however, but Kenny had to come off on a stretcher.

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It’s a huge blow for the Celtic youngster. So prolific with Sligo Rovers, but carrying a knock during his move, Kenny had been making progress. Training with the first team, and impressing in the B Team, it looked as though the Celtic youngster was on the cusp of making a first-team squad.

However, that’s unlikely to be for a while yet.

Ireland U19s ended up losing 3-1 to England’s U19s, who featured top youth stars like Spurs’ Dane Scarlett and Manchester City’s Liam Delap.

Celtic will be hoping for good news on youngster Johnny Kenny

Having only just brought Johnny Kenny to the club, the Celtic youngster has already has his problems to seek.

He’s only recently come to full fitness, following Covid-19 and injury issues since his signing from Sligo Rovers. Clearly, Ange Postecoglou is interested in using him eventually, and it shows his quality that he’s an Ireland youth international.

Specifically, one that was running riot against England.

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Kenny will be returning to Glasgow for treatment with Celtic. There’ll hopefully be some good news soon. Otherwise, Kenny’s hopes of featuring in the first-team this season look slim.

Luckily, Celtic have plenty of good options up front, in both the first-team and B Team. Kyogo looks set to return soon, with Giakoumakis and Maeda in superb form.

Tommy McIntyre’s side have Owen Moffat, Joey Dawson, Adam Brooks and more to choose from.

However, there is real excitement surrounding Johnny Kenny, and it’d be a major blow if he was injured long-term.

Cleary, Celtic’s luck with injuries and referees extends to the youth international scene!

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