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Celtic: Alan Hutton hails ‘massive’ Johnny Kenny swoop

Celtic: Alan Hutton hails ‘massive’ Johnny Kenny swoop -Celtic

Pundit Alan Hutton has been reacting to Celtic’s rumoured swoop for teenage striker Johnny Kenny, Football Insider report.

The Lowdown: Hoops set to pip Hibs

The Hoops were first linked with a move for the 18-year-old way back in September, shortly after the summer window slammed shut.

Since then, Celtic have kept tabs on the Sligo Rovers man and were set to battle Hibernian for his services.

It appears as if they will pip Hibs in the race for the forward during the January transfer window, with reports earlier in the week claiming a move is now just days away from, being finalised.

The Latest: Hutton hails ‘massive’ move

Hutton, who regularly features on BBC Radio 5 Live, was talking to Football Insider regarding Celtic’s move for Kenny.

He labelled it as ‘massive’ for such a young player to be wanted by both Old Firm clubs, making it a huge coup for the Hoops to have won the race.

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“For an 18-year-old, for Rangers or Celtic to want you is massive. It’s a massive opportunity to come play for one of the biggest clubs.

“He’s only 18, you would think he would go into the Celtic youth setup. Then there would be a chance to move up to the first team.

“For Hibs, it’s a bitter blow. I read that they had him over as a VIP guest. You would think they would integrate him into their first team.

“It just shows you the lure of Rangers and Celtic. He is willing to go and play can B-team football, if you want, instead of SPFL’s top league.

“It’s one of those, you totally understand his decision. It’s a great opportunity for him.

“But he is going to have to give it his all to try and prove to Ange Postecoglou he’s ready to be involved in the first team.”

The Verdict: Exciting long-term addition

Should Celtic officially sign Kenny, you’d expect he’d go straight into the club’s B side with a view to progressing into Ange Postecoglou’s plans over the coming years.

It shows a sign of the Hoops thinking long-term under the Aussie, and a move could turn out to be just as important as the arrival of senior forward Daizen Maeda in the long run.

Kenny has scored 12 goals in 34 appearances for Sligo Rovers, so he may well hit the ground running for the reserves in 2022.

In other news: Celtic may now sign £4.5m-rated man on loan; would ‘separate’ Nicholson from Lawwell. 


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