Neil Lennon wants Jonjoe Kenny to stay at Celtic beyond this season

By John McGinley

February 3, 2021

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is hoping Jonjoe Kenny takes to life at the club and considers a stay beyond this season.

Kenny was a deadline day loan signing from Everton.

The Bhoys boss clearly likes the player, throwing him straight into the action against Kilmarnock last night.

Slotting in at right-back, the 23-year-old did well on his debut and was clearly eager to impress.

Carlo Ancelotti has already stated Kenny still has a long-term future at Everton.

However, Lennon is hoping his current loan spell turns into something more.

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland last night (20:40), the Celtic manager said: “That’ll depend on how Jonjoe adapts and how much he enjoys it here.

“There was interest from Premier League clubs so we’ve done well to acquire his services. I think it’ll be good for his profile to come and play here and actually get games under his belt.

“We’re hoping that he comes here, enjoys it, settles and has a big impression – maybe he may look at staying here a little bit longer next season.”

Jonjoe Kenny Celtic stay still feels unlikely

It sounds like the Celtic boss is eyeing an extended loan spell for the player, perhaps for the entirety of next season. That wouldn’t necessarily contradict what Ancelotti had to say yesterday.

However, it still feels unlikely he’ll be a Celtic player beyond this initial six-month spell.

First of all, a new manager will surely be in charge by the summer and he may have his own ideas for the right-back position.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been speaking about a Jonjoe Kenny stay / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Secondly, if Kenny impresses to the extent we actually want him to stick around, surely more Premier League clubs will be on the hunt for his services?

Everton are unlikely to want him hanging around the Scottish Premiership for too long.

Still, let’s see what happens from here. Kenny’s first task before any talk of his future will be showing consistency in the Celtic team.

In other news, Neil Lennon has explained by Olivier Ntcham wanted to leave the club.