Jonjoe Kenny addresses questions on Celtic future, managerial situation, and life under Kennedy

By David Walton

April 8, 2021

Jonjoe Kenny had to answer a range of questions today stretching from questions on his Celtic future to life under John Kennedy.

Kenny has proven himself to be a reliable signing for the Hoops. Arriving on loan from Everton in January until the end of the campaign, the right-back hasn’t yet let Celtic down. He’s played 90 minutes in every game possible since arriving – taking his appearance total in Scotland to 10 [Transfermarkt].

He’s proven himself to be more steady than spectacular, but the Everton-owned star still doesn’t look out of place in this Hoops side. And that’s led to big question marks over where he sees his long-term future.

Today, he was asked about that as well as the recent managerial speculation and his new life under Kennedy. And in a typically professional fashion, the full-back did his best not to give too much away.

Speaking via Celtic TV, Kenny said the following:

“A lot of people would love to be in my position”

On his Celtic future: “I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s been brilliant for me because I’ve come here and got play for a massive club like this. Nothing’s been said right now (about his future). I think there’s a lot of games to go, cups to play in, and for me personally I just want to keep going day-by-day. I know it’s a boring answer for you, but I just want to keep on looking forward.

“It’s a massive club and I’m sure a lot of people would love to be in my position. I’m really lucky to be here like now and that’s why I want to take advantage of it. I think I have another year (at Everton). I’ve still got time at Everton next season.:

On managerial speculation: “Nothing that I know of. The players – we just keep doing our job – performing day in and day-out, trying to get wins ont he weekend. I’m sure the club will sort that side out. The board have brought in some fantastic managers over time so whoever the board picks will be the right decision.

“Not really (players aren’t discussing it). It’s nothing to do with the players – that’s down to the board. We stay out of that.

On John Kennedy: “I’ve loved every minute with Kendo. Obviously I got to spend time with him under Neil Lennon. He was different class for me as well. Since Kendo has taken over it’s been really good. We have a really good football relationship. Loved every moment of it really.”

Jonjoe Kenny to Celtic permanently? A few pieces still need to fall into place

The prospect of signing Kenny permanently sounds ideal. He’s now an experienced Premier League battle-hardened right-back. At only 24, his best years remain ahead of him. Being capped at all youth ages for England’s international sides is also an impressive achievement.

However, there feels, at this stage, as if too much needs to happen for this to go ahead. After all, we’re talking about a player who reportedly costs £10million [Daily Mirror]. You won’t find Celtic splashing that out on anyone who’s into the final year of their deal. That price would have to drop substantially.

The Times, meanwhile, has also reported in recent months that Kenny’s wage demands could be a problem. That could be yet another barrier that would need sorted if Kenny wanted to revive his career up north permanently.

Jonjoe Kenny has been a decent recruit for Celtic (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Then you have the prospect of whether a new manager even wants him. Yes, he’s played in all 10 games since arriving. That doesn’t mean he’ll be fancied by the new managerial regime, whoever that may be. The new boss may not even be interested in seeing what he has to offer, he could have his own immediate plans for the position.

So there are several pieces of the puzzle that still need to be fitted in before a move for Kenny appears likely. Between now and the end of the season, his sole focus will be on bagging some silverware for Celtic and continuing his fine form.

In doing so, he’ll give himself the best chance when it comes to Celtic renewing their interest.

In other news, John Kennedy has confirmed he spoke to Olivier Ntcham last week; keeps door open for Celtic revival.