Stephen Kenny namechecks Celtic in Dundalk statement

By Hamish Carton

February 14, 2020

Republic of Ireland under-21s boss Stephen Kenny has namechecked Celtic as a team Dundalk could look to follow in the coming years.

Kenny won eight major trophies in six years at Oriel Park before moving to international matters.

He’s due to become the full Ireland boss at some point in the future, but for now he’s making predictions that his former employers could dominate the League of Ireland just like Neil Lennon’s men have in Scotland.

Dundalk celebrate another title win (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

“I think it will be a period of sustained success for Dundalk over the next few years,” Kenny told the Irish Mirror.

“It’s five (leagues) out of six but that could go on for a number of years.

“You see the teams in Europe that win and you get used to winning, once you get past your second title and get three.

“You look at Juventus, Bayern Munich, Ajax and Celtic – you can go on and dominate. That’s more usual than unusual these days.

Celtic lift the Premiership trophy (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“When you do well in Europe, you can reinvest and it gives you greater opportunity again.”

Kenny is right to use Celtic as inspiration

As Kenny says, Dundalk have won five of the last six titles on offer. They begin their new campaign at home to Derry City tonight and many would expect them to seal another title given their recent success.

They will once again be in Champions League qualifying in the summer – hopefully alongside ourselves.

Names like BATE Borisov, Qarabag and APOEL Nicosia are also there to be seen every year.

The former won’t be there next summer though after they lost their remarkable 13-in-a-row run in Belarus last season.

BATE Borisov (Photo by Harold Cunningham – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Brest are the new champions there – meaning that Celtic are amongst the longest title winning runs in Europe.

We share that number – 8 – with Juventus, The New Saints and Ludogorets with all three of them also in strong positions to add a ninth this season.

So perhaps Dundalk can dream of such success in the years to come. We’ve certainly enjoyed our time at the top. And you get the impression it’s still got a bit to go yet.