Celtic forward Johnny Kenny will be sent on loan to Ireland in January, journalist Alan Nixon reports this week.

The 19-year-old, who joined the club from Sligo Rovers back in January, has spent the 2022/23 season so far on loan at Queen’s Park in the Scottish Championship but has struggled to get regular starts in Owen Coyle’s side.

The ambitious Glaswegian outfit are pushing for promotion in the second-tier with Simon Murray getting the goals needed to keep pace towards the top.

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Kenny has made just three league starts since making the move from Celtic, with nine appearances coming from the bench.

Nixon reports that the Republic of Ireland youth international will be recalled to the Bhoys in January before being sent on loan to Shamrock Rovers.

It is hoped Kenny will get more game time at the Irish champions with Celtic viewing the forward as a long-term project.

The youngster was included in the manager’s plans during pre-season in the summer, making the trip to Austria and featuring against Wiener Viktoria, catching the eye with a couple of goals.

A push into the Celtic first-team seems like a distance away for the talent but a confidence-boosting stint in a successful team in Ireland could be the making of him.

It sounds better than sitting on the bench in the Championship, anyway. Hopefully we hear more on all this in the coming weeks, with the new Irish season set to kick off in February.

In other news, How much Celtic will pay for Tomoki Iwata; work permit sorted.

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