Celtic's Johnny Kenny gets the nod as "new generation" of Ireland youth talent is chosen

By Hamish Carton

March 15, 2023

Celtic forward Johnny Kenny has earned his first Republic of Ireland under-21 call-up, with Bosun Lawal also included.

Kenny is currently on loan at Shamrock Rovers, where he’s managed one goal since his January switch.

The 19-year-old has been a regular for the Tallaght side, and that seems to have earned him a move to a higher international youth level.

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Per the FAI website, Kenny is one of 13 previously uncapped under-21 players who have been given a chance to impress by head coach Jim Crawford.

The website describes the move as “the first look at a new generation.”

19-year-old Lawal has featured for the 21s before – and will now be plotting a move to both the Ireland and Celtic first-teams.

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The pair will be in the reckoning for the fixture against Iceland’s under-21s on March 26.

The game may only be a friendly, but it is still a significant one.

It’s the first Ireland under-21s game to be played in Cork for 14 years. As a result, more than 4,500 tickets have already been sold.

It promises to be more character building for both Kenny and Lawal. The pair are clearly rated by Celtic but will have their work cut out breaking into Ange Postecoglou’s team.

It would be nice if they were able to shine on the international stage.

In other news, the dates for next season have been confirmed by the SPFL