Report suggests Celtic could face Jonjoe Kenny barrier

By Euan Davidson

February 17, 2021

Celtic could be met with a roadblock in any summer pursuit of Jonjoe Kenny, according to the Times.

The Times states that the club may be put off by his wages. On the surface, that’s to be expected; he’s a squad member in a Premier League team. The English top-flight was collectively paying wages of £2.9bn in 2019 [FT], with even seldom-seen stars pocketing six figures on a weekly basis.

Kenny’s excruciating wage demands? Said to be £15,000 per week [Salary Sport].

The Times, covering Celtic in an expansive article, said:

“Duffy’s loan has been a disaster for him and Celtic, while Mo Elyounoussi and Diego Laxalt will also return to their parent clubs, Southampton and AC Milan respectively.

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“Jonjoe Kenny has made a sound start as a short-term replacement for Jeremie Frimpong, sold to Bayer Leverkusen for £9 million last month, but his wages at Everton will be prohibitive to a permanent move.”

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New Celtic signing Jonjoe Kenny / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Jonjoe Kenny has made a promising start to life at Celtic. Since he’s arrived, the club hasn’t lost a match. His performances have been generally solid, earning a 7.22 average rating from 4 matches so far [WhoScored?].

Everton may look to him in regards to replacing Seamus Coleman in the long-term. Or, knowing his value around Europe, they may look to sell him on for a fee that’s beyond Celtic’s reaches.

Those factors denying a long-term move are palatable, albeit disappointing. His wages, though, at a club with Celtic’s resources? That’s a genuine worry, if there’s truth to the story.

Plenty of Celtic players are reportedly on bigger-sized contracts than Jonjoe Kenny. For example, Tom Rogic reportedly earns £16k a week, Boli Bolingoli £15k, Scott Brown £23k [all via Salary Sport]. To give an indication of the inflation in wages south of the border, unsuccessful loanee Daniel Arzani pockets £32k a week, per the same source.

So, are Celtic downsizing? It’s certainly possible. Big names like Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer seem likely to leave, and now there’s more evidence to suggest that they won’t be adequately replaced. Of course, high wages don’t always equal high impact. However, the recruitment department will have to unearth some cheap gems.

Can Celtic really not afford the likely £15k-£20k that Kenny would want, though? Surely that can’t be right. If our proportionally large earners move on for transfer fees, it seems unfeasible that we couldn’t afford to keep Kenny. Bolingoli and Rogic, for example, could vacate sizeable earnings while moving for a few million each.

However, if player sales are made and the club continue to make losses, is a sustained period of mediocrity no longer unthinkable?

A worrying sign of the times, or something we should be able to pull off? We’ll leave that up to you.

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