Defender who struggled at Celtic signs 3-year contract at Bundesliga side

By John McGinley

June 14, 2022

Former Celtic defender Jonjoe Kenny has signed a three-year contract at Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, it was announced this afternoon.

Kenny links up with another former Celtic player, Dedryck Boyata, to try and help the Berlin side rebuild following a relegation-threatened 2021/22 campaign.

They survived dropping down to the second-tier via a play-off against Hamburg, with Boyata himself getting one of the crucial goals in a 2-1 aggregate win.

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Hertha Berlin manager Fredi Bobic stated: “Jonjoe is a player that will bring some fresh impetus and pace into our game. He’s gained experience in both the Premier League and the Bundesliga, plus he still has the potential to develop further aged just 25. We could sense how excited he was to join Hertha BSC during our discussions.

Kenny added, via the club’s official website: “The club made it clear how much they wanted me. I’m pleased to be here. I’m looking forward to playing for this club, seeing the fans and moving to this city.”

The right-back didn’t have the best of spells at Celtic, making a loan move in January 2021. He was signed just as Neil Lennon was heading out the door and never really managed to impress on the pitch.

He then got a renewed opportunity at Everton under Frank Lampard but, as we discussed last week, decided to reject a contract offer at Goodison Park to find a home elsewhere.

The 25-year-old has managed to do that in short order and we wish him all the best moving forward. It would be quite the thing if he could find a sustained run of form in the German top-flight.

Good luck Jonjoe!

In other news, Two more Celtic pre-season matches announced; first date of the summer.