Report: Celtic could look to send potential new signing out on loan immediately

By David Walton

January 6, 2022

Celtic could look to move potential new signing Johnny Kenny out on loan immediately, the Irish Independent reports.

The report states that the Hoops have agreed terms with Sligo Rovers and the deal should be finalised at some stage today.

However, they also believe that the striker could be sent back out temporarily. They do claim, however, that as of yet there has been no deal agreed for him to leave again. At least for now.

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Kenny is just coming off the back of a fine League of Ireland campaign in which he netted 11 goals in 33 appearances [Transfermarkt].

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The 18-year-old will arrive with 34 senior appearances with Sligo to his name. And with a lack of first-team experience, a loan move would potentially be the quickest way to him realising his potential.

Celtic are looking to send some of their other young stars out on loan this month including Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide. As of yet, nothing has been finalised.

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It’s important to stress first and foremost that this deal still hasn’t been announced by the club. We know better than to pretend anything is a done deal in football before that official announcement reaches us.

However, even so, this is a signing that Celtic are clearly making with one eye on the future. The Hoops could so with some more young attacking talent in their youth ranks, and that’s likely where Kenny would be assigned first and foremost.

As things stand, the selection choices Celtic have up top make it difficult to see any immediate opportunities for Johnny. After all, we have Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda, Giorgos Giakoumakis, and Albian Ajeti all there as competition as things stand.

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It’ll be difficult to know how far away Kenny actually is from the standard required until we see him in action. But he’s a baby in terms of first-team experience, and the move from Sligo to Celtic would be a big step-up in class and demands for any player.

It’s going to be absolutely fascinating to see how this one pans out. He’s clearly highly rated and just came off a big season with Stephen Bradley’s Sligo. Now, it’s important he continues that momentum and manages to get regular minutes at senior level.

If that has to be away from Parkhead even immediately, then so be it.

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