Johnny Kenny speaks on Ange influence after Celtic arrival

By Euan Davidson

January 12, 2022

Irish striker Johnny Kenny has spoken on the influence of Ange Postecoglou in his decision to sign for Celtic.

The Hoops made Kenny their fourth January signing, securing the 18-year-old for a base fee of around £125,000 from Sligo Rovers [Independent]. And after being given the number 24, Kenny has made sure to thank Ange Postecoglou for convincing him to come to Celtic.

Kenny joins a bolstered squad that includes Japanese trio Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda and Yosuke Ideguchi.

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Speaking during his first interview with in-house media, Celtic striker Kenny beamed as he discussed the conversations he’d had with Ange. Specifically, Postecoglou had clearly described how he planned to use Kenny going forward. And he had done his own scouting on the former Sligo Rovers prospect.

He said [Celtic FC]: “The manager was massive.

“I was talking to him a few times before I came and it’s amazing the way he wants to play and what he thinks of me.

“The amount of young players he’s brought through here has been unreal and I hope I can play under him.

“I’ve signed a long-term deal so I want to come here, win trophies, score goals, get the fans on my side and win stuff here at Celtic Park and bring more success.”

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Johnny Kenny delighted by Ange Postecoglou influence after signing for Celtic

It’s always good to hear this kind of thing. While some may write it off as lip service, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou doesn’t seem the type. If he signs a player, it’s with real intent. Otherwise, what’s the point?

Kenny will join a considerable Irish contingent at Celtic. In the first team, there’s Liam Scales and James McCarthy. Conor Hazard, Ben Wylie, Barry Coffey, Jonathan Afolabi and more will surely give him a warm welcome from beyond the main squad.

It’ll be exciting to see what he can do. Celtic haven’t exactly been blessed for strikers during much of this season. That’s meant Joey Dawson and Owen Moffat featuring in recent match-day squads.

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Albian Ajeti and Girogos Giakoumakis could still make an impact, if the former is kept beyond January.

For Kenny, though, it’s a dream come true. And he has the backing of the manager.

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