Motherwell star spoke to Johnny Kenny; warned him before Celtic move
Motherwell midfielder Ross Tierney has stated that he tried to warn Johnny Kenny about a potential lack of game-time before he moved to Celtic in January.
Tierney moved to Fir Park from Bohemians back in December 2021. A month later, Kenny sealed a move to Parkhead after experiencing a breakthrough campaign with Sligo Rovers.
There were reports about Hibernian being interested before the move was finalised [Edinburgh Evening News]. And since Kenny has signed, it’s been evident that his first assignments will be with the B team in the Scottish Lowland League.
And whilst Tierney has tipped Kenny to make it at Parkhead, he detailed a conversation he had with him about potentially selecting a club at a lower level. As quoted by Football Scotland, Tierney said: “I only thought about what would be best for my career. I spoke to Johnny about that. There was another club in Scotland interested in him. Obviously, you’d love to sign for Celtic. But are you going to play?
“Last year with Sligo he qualified for Europe, played first-team football and was involved in the international set-up. At Celtic, let’s be honest, you’re not going to go straight into the first-team. There are a lot of players in front of Johnny. And Celtic can go and buy players of a bigger stature.
“It’s his career. He’s good enough to play for Celtic and is still young so he’s got time. But being injured wasn’t a great start for him. Johnny’s got a good head on his shoulders so I’m sure he’ll look after himself.”
Ange Postecoglou creating a pathway for the Celtic youngsters talented enough to make it
These fears from Tierney are totally understandable. You can see why youngsters could be wary of coming to Celtic instead of operating at a lower level and trying to build their way up.
However, things have changed under Ange Postecoglou. He’s already shown that those who are making an impact with the B team will be given their opportunities. Just ask the likes of Karamoko Dembele, Ben Doak, Dane Murray, Owen Moffat, and Joey Dawson respectively.
Sure, we’ve yet to see any of them be sustained first-picks in our starting XI. But they’re all so young with plenty of development within them. Ange has given them a platform to impress and many of them managed it. Their opportunities will undoubtedly come again further down the line if they remain at the club.
Kenny, meanwhile, is already making an impression. He netted on his B team debut in the Glasgow Cup against Partick Thistle last week. In addition to that, Ange has already praised the Irish talent and stated that he’s received “very good” feedback on how he’s doing with Tommy McIntyre’s side [Celtic YouTube].
So, to sum up, it’s not a bad move for youngsters to come to Parkhead even if they’re inexperienced. The Hoops gave Kenny an offer because they believe he can offer something in the long-term. All Kenny has done is back himself to make the step-up.
You have to love that level of ambition. No, there are no guarantees of what’s to come in the future, but we now have a manger intent on leaving a pathway for younger talents to get more chances at first-team level. It’s no wonder Kenny fancied a piece of it.