Celtic announce new signing; teenage striker joins on 5-year deal

By John McGinley

January 8, 2022

Celtic have announced Johnny Kenny will sign for the club on a five-year contract from Sligo Rovers.

Kenny, 18, is a striker making a name for himself over in Ireland and it’s thought he will initially join up with Tommy McIntyre’s Celtic B team rather than integrate into the first-team squad immediately.

He scored 11 goals in 32 league appearances for Rovers in 2021, identifying himself as one of the top young talents coming out of the country.

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With three goals in three Republic of Ireland U19 internationals too, he’s showing potential with his nation too.

Kenny will now be working alongside other Irish prospects in the Celtic B side such as Rocco Vata and Bosun Lawal, as he looks to take his career to the next level.

Shaun Maloney and Hibernian had also been interested in signing Kenny, but the youngster has chosen to come to Glasgow.

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Sky Sports reported earlier this week he is joining for a fee of £125,000.

Irish football expert Andrew Dempsey told 67 Hail Hail about the young forward: “He’s a goalscorer, mainly. That’s the biggest thing. In this league we have a big problem with getting goal scorers, a lot of the time the goal scorers we do get end up going to bigger clubs away from home. Johnny Kenny is one that looks like he’s going to be going away from home [too].

“Looking at his stats, he got 11 goals in 32 games, he’s had a great season. He scored in Europe against Stjarnen in the Conference League. Granted, Sligo didn’t get through but he’s come out of nowhere really. At the start of the season he signed his first professional contract, so it’s been a whirlwind 12 months for him.”

Good luck to Kenny on his Celtic journey!

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