Report: Celtic monitoring young League of Ireland pair

By David Walton

September 1, 2021

Celtic are monitoring League of Ireland duo Johnny Kenny and Killian Phillips despite the summer transfer window having ended last night, the Irish Independent reports.

The report states that Celtic will have the pair watched in Friday night’s match between Sligo Rovers and Drogheda United. Celtic have been eyeing Kenny up for some time, and are considering a move in January if he continues to impress as he’s considered a long-term prospect.

The Independent also claims that Phillips is attracting interest from overseas after a breakthrough campaign with Drogheda. The 19-year-old’s long-term future is in the centre-back position.

Kenny has six goals in 23 matches for Sligo after making his breakthrough for the club in 2021 [Transfermarkt]. However, at 18, there remains plenty of development in him yet.

Celtic have already plucked from Ireland in recent weeks after securing the signing of Shamrock Rovers left-back Liam Scales.

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Celtic appear ready to give League of Ireland starlets an opportunity

It’s interesting to note Celtic’s increased interest in League of Ireland’s hottest young prospects. It’s clearly an area the Hoops feel they can get promising long-term value. Scales, for example, only cost £600k despite having such a high reputation [Irish Independent].

It will be intriguing to see whether there is a genuine long-term market there for the Hoops. The success of Scales will be a good indication as to whether that’s the case.

With regards to Kenny, he’s certainly had a promising start to his Sligo career. He’s already found the net this term too after bagging in the Europa Conference League qualifiers. The same goes for Phillips, who’s been operating regularly at centre-back for Drogheda.

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Celtic have suffered some disappointing shortages in their youth ranks recently. Attacker Armstrong Okoflex signed for West Ham United earlier this summer. Talented centre-back Leo Hjelde, meanwhile, swapped Parkhead for Leeds’ Elland Road.

We still have gaps that need filling in for the B team this season. And it appears that both Kenny and Phillips are in with a big chance of being a part of that.

For now, however, a big few months lies ahead if they want to keep Celtic interested. Best of luck to both when they feature in front of the Celtic scouts on Friday night.

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