Report: Jonjoe Kenny to team up with former Celtic title-winner in Germany

By David Walton

June 12, 2022

Former Celtic loanee Jonjoe Kenny is to team up with Dedryck Boyata at Hertha Berlin, according to Sky Sports.

Sky have claimed via their live transfer blog [12/06, 14:45], that Kenny is in Germany to finalise his move. This comes after he rejected a contract with Everton to stay in the English Premier League.

Boyata, who captains the Bundesliga club, has just come off a fantastic relegation playoff win against Hamburg to consolidate their spot in the top flight.

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And it looks as though the 2 former Celts are about to link up as Hertha look to life after Felix Magath.

Kenny endured a torrid time at Parkhead during a loan spell from Merseyside in the second half of 2021. The right-back made 16 appearances for the Hoops but it came at a chaotic time for the club at the end of the Neil Lennon era [Transfermarkt].

Former Celtic midfielder Mark Fotheringham was also with Hertha last season as number 2 to Magath.

Dedryck Boyata continuing to shine in Germany as Jonjoe Kenny prepares to join him

Boyata has certainly made a fine career for himself since his own departure from Parkhead back in 2019. He’s gone on to become a stalwart and a fan-favourite in Berlin – the captain’s armband perhaps saying it all. After securing 4 titles in Glasgow, that won’t be a surprise to anyone.

As for Kenny, he had a productive spell with Schalke just a couple of years ago. Sure, the prospect of him flourishing in the Bundesliga may raise many eyebrows amongst the Celtic support. But it feels unfair to judge him on his time here alone.

People actually forget that Kenny had performed well in the early stages. He won his first 6 games and looked to be a positive attacking threat. However, the defeat at Ross County back in February 2021 absolutely rocked everyone at Celtic Park.

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His performances in the latter stages of the 2020/21 campaign were error-strewn as he struggled to do the basics. But everyone in the first-team dropped their levels emphatically after a moderately decent start to 2021.

We certainly aren’t going to sit here and criticise him, especially not now. Credit to him for doing enough at Everton to earn a move to one of Europe’s top leagues. Hopefully, he manages to have a settled spell there.

He certainly has a fine leader as his captain should this one be confirmed.

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