Report: Johnny Kenny arrives at Celtic with an injury; will be out for several weeks

By David Walton

January 12, 2022

New Celtic striker Johnny Kenny has arrived at the club carrying a knock and won’t be available for a few weeks, the Irish Independent has reported.

Kenny became the club’s 4th signing of the January transfer window last weekend after penning a 5-year deal. Today, he spoke to Celtic TV about his hopes for the future as he talked up the influence of Ange Postecoglou in bringing him to the club.

Now, all attention will now turn to when he will make his Celtic debut. Unfortunately, however, it doesn’t look as though it will be at any stage within the next few weeks if that was indeed the plan.

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That could see him miss the games against Hibernian, Alloa Athletic, Hearts, Dundee United, and Rangers just to name a few. The injury wasn’t mentioned in today’s interview with Celtic TV.

Kenny arrives from the Republic of Ireland having netted 11 goals in his debut season with Sligo Rovers [Transfermarkt].

There were reports that he could be heading out on loan immediately after signing [Irish Independent], but there is no evidence as of yet that he’s set to be on the move.

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Johnny Kenny to miss out on first few weeks through injury

It’s unclear as to how long precisely Kenny could be out for. Hopefully it’s not a case of him missing too long. Especially when supporters will be keen to see him on the pitch.

Granted, it’s yet to be confirmed where the player will even be assigned to after his arrival. He qualifies, for example, to play with the B team in the Lowland League. Perhaps that’s where Postecoglou views Kenny featuring for the time being. It would certainly make sense.

It is, after all, one almighty step up from the League of Ireland to the demands of Celtic Park. Just ask Liam Scales, who has struggled to get too many opportunities since his arrival from Shamrock Rovers.

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Kenny will at the very least be able to use the time to get himself acclimatised to his new surroundings. You can’t underestimate the importance of feeling comfortable in your new home. Any injury issues should give the player the chance to ease into things.

In the meantime, Celtic still have plenty of options in the final third. Daizen Maeda has arrived and will add to the firepower that Kyogo Furuhashi brings. Not to mention Giorgos Giakoumakis should be back from injury whilst Albian Ajeti is there as a last resort.

Hopefully, whatever assignment Kenny is given when he returns from his knock, he manages to take to it with flying colours.

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