Celtic loan signing Jonjoe Kenny can't wait for his Paradise debut

By Euan Davidson

February 5, 2021

New Celtic signing Jonjoe Kenny enjoyed a stellar debut against Kilmarnock.

While he’s earned plaudits in England and Germany for the defensive side of his game, the Everton loanee impressed with his attacking impetus. Making his debut in a 4-0 win for the Bhoys, Kenny was all over the right flank.

With both Taylor and Kenny dominating the wings, Kilmarnock were forced to play a compact defence. Ultimately, the pressure showed, with two goals from open play demonstrating improved movement from Neil Lennon’s side.

Kenny contributed with 84 touches of the ball, 2 tackles and 74% pass success [WhoScored?]. Now, a tougher test awaits the Liverpudlian, with Graham Alexander’s on-form Motherwell visiting Celtic Park.

Speaking to Celtic TV, Kenny told the press about his motivations in signing for Celtic:

“I want to play as much as I can, I couldn’t turn down a massive club like Celtic.

“I wasn’t playing and that’s football. Me as a footballer and a person, I want to play as much as possible. I’m not a person who wants to be sitting on the bench and waiting around.

“Everton were fantastic for me, to let me come out and play. I really appreciate that from them.”

New Celtic signing Jonjoe Kenny / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

New Celtic man Jonjoe Kenny on the club, and Paradise

Kenny, who has represented England at every youth level [Transfermarkt], was impressed by the stature of Celtic. He continued:

“I don’t think we can forget how good the quality is in this team, and how big this club is.

“You can’t forget what this team’s done in the last 9 years and the trophies won.”

Vitally, Kenny was excited to get going at Paradise. As yet, the Everton loanee hasn’t actually visited Celtic Park, so his first time through the famous doors will be ahead of the match against Motherwell.

Kenny said:

“I’m looking forward to it. It’s a very historic stadium and they’ve had some unbelievable nights there. I’m looking forward to getting out there and seeing where it takes me.”

It’s easy to get caught up in a press conference. However, former Schalke man Jonjoe Kenny is saying all the right things. Let’s hope, for Celtic’s sake, that he continues his promising form in the Green and White.