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Johnny Kenny

Discussion in 'Celtic Chat' started by Notorious, Jan 5, 2022.

Discuss Johnny Kenny in the Celtic Chat area at TalkCeltic.net.

  1. Mr Shelby I am the son and heir Gold Member

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    He looks the definition of #RAW as you would expect from an 18 year old coming from Ireland.

    Hopefully get a wee glimpse of him here and there. As Ive said, would love to see a young striker come through with us.
     
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  2. celtic warrior

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    Should be immediately loaned out to a spl team.

    Get him senior experience in the league.
     
  3. ArturBorucCSC

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    Well he got immediately injured and is now out for a few weeks, so that won't happen unfortunately.

    You couldn't * write it
     
  4. Fear Dearg

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    * sake
     
  5. thailandceltic Fuck the Board

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    How the * did he do that already? Did he pull his hamstring collecting his baggage from arrivals in Glasgow Airport?
     
  6. Notorious Gold Member Gold Member

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    And among those who could possibly benefit from the ruling as the season unfolds is new Bhoy, Johnny Kenny who flew in from his native County Sligo earlier this week as Ange Postecoglou’s fourth signing of the January transfer window.

    The manager said: “Johnny’s one we’ve been tracking for a while through our scouts over in Ireland and he was one that was put to me in the summer window.

    ‘We’ve been tracking his progress and we like what we see in terms of his development so far.’

    “He’s already had a year of senior football and he has some really good attributes. So we thought it was a good opportunity to bring him in in this window, obviously with the league finishing over there, we took advantage of that.


    “In discussions with him, he was keen to come across. Our scouting department’s been tracking him for quite a while, he’s only 18 and we’re trying to bring in players who we feel we need right now, but also not discounting the fact that we need to look a bit further ahead.

    “Once he settles, he’ll start training with us, settle in and hopefully look to make an impact over the next year or so.”
     
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  7. Notorious Gold Member Gold Member

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    Hope he is a success with us, but signing's of this nature make you wonder about Lennoxtown, could we be doing more to promote our own youth ?
     
  9. DublinCeltic92

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    I think the most talented striker in the academy right now is probably Rocco Vata who is like 15 or 16. Probably they were looking to bridge an age gap between the experienced strikers here and the youth.
     
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  10. Paradise_Bhoy

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    Are you sure he’s a striker seen the B Team a few times and he’s always played wide for them never up top at all
     
  11. dbhoy72

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    Dont regard him as a boost to the squad, he wont feature for us this season.
     
  12. Notorious Gold Member Gold Member

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    Johnny Kenny’s talents were ‘obvious’ from a very young age, as he scored goals for fun for his school, Coola Post Primary.

    Kevin McCarthy, who coached Kenny during his time at the school, said that while there was no doubting his talent, his small stature could have got in the way.

    “It was very obvious when he came in in first year that he was a special talent,” McCarthy said.

    “I remember we played our first school game, the first one I was involved in, we played Summerhill in a friendly and we beat them 6-2 and he scored all six goals.

    “But at that stage, he was very small, you were wondering if he was going to grow. Which he did, eventually.




    Before the first lockdown I was looking down at Johnny and when we came back a few months later in September, I was looking up at him. Once he started to grow it just took off then





    As he grew he had growing pains and was picking up hamstring injuries from 14, 15, 16 and once he came out of that and once he got his growth spurt he was banging in goals right, left and centre for Sligo Rovers and the school and then onto the Rovers senior squad.

    “It was only really a question of whether he was going to grow or not to get out of picking up injuries. And once he did he was unstoppable.”

    For everyone at Coola PPS, seeing Kenny progress to the Sligo Rovers first team, and earning call ups to the Republic of Ireland Under 19s squad, scoring on international duty and now signing for Celtic is the sort of stuff dreams are made of.

    “It’s great to see him rewarded for all his hard work going back over the last five or six years. Great boost for the school as well to see his career progress, particularly over the last five or six months as he went into Sligo Rovers, seeing him get his first goal, seeing him get his first cap for Ireland and then getting the move over to Scotland. It’s made everyone in the school very proud.”


    Kenny has been praised by all who have worked with him for his hard work to get himself to the level he is at.


    Good coaches have helped, but Kenny’s own determination means he was able to add to his game over the years.

    “Even when he came in in first year he was a good goalscorer and by the time he got to third year he was scoring all sorts of goals, left foot, right foot, headers, it was obvious he was working a lot on his own. I know from speaking to him he was doing a lot of strength and conditioning on his own.”

    The Riverstown native completed his Leaving Certificate this summer while also scoring for Sligo Rovers.

    “It helped raise the profile of the school,” said McCarthy, who added that Kenny joined Sligo Rovers’ John Mahon, his then team-mate, on a visit to Coola before Christmas.


    Both players are past students of the school, and both picked up awards at the end of Rovers’ 2021 campaign, with Mahon picking up player of the year, and Kenny awarded young player of the year.

    McCarthy said: “Credit has to go to the clubs that developed them. They put in a lot more work than we did. The school is very proud of all they have achieved and all that they will achieve in the future.”

    The non-uniform days at Coola PPS will probably see more and more ‘Kenny 24’ jerseys being worn at the school, while Kenny himself makes sure to keep an eye on his school and their progress in football competitions.

    Before Christmas, McCarthy and Keith Raymond coached Coola to yet another Connacht title.

    And Kenny was quick to get in touch, despite being busy in Scotland.




    When Johnny was signing over in Celtic, on the day we played the Connacht final, the first two congratulatory messages we got afterwards were from Johnny Kenny and Johnny Kenny Senior.

    “Even though he was over in Scotland sorting out his future he still remembered the school was playing in a Connacht final.
     
  13. thailandceltic Fuck the Board

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    "The non-uniform days at Coola PPS will probably see more and more ‘Kenny 24’ jerseys being worn at the school, while Kenny himself makes sure to keep an eye on his school and their progress in football competitions"

    We only signed him to sell jerseys in Coola and tap into the Connacht market... disgrace.. sack the board...