Video: “When Celtic come in it’s a no brainer,” says new Bhoy Johnny Kenny

Paradise is Home from Home for Celtic’s New Bhoy Johnny Kenny…

Celtic’s fourth signing of the January transfer window got Celtic Park all to himself today after yesterday’s hustle and bustle when the three Hogmanay signings from the J-League, Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate, were lumped together for a triple signing media day.

Ireland Under 19 International Johnny Kenny is one of Ireland’s top prospects and the 18-year old, a signing from Sligo Rovers for an initial fee of around £150,000, already knows all about the Hoops having grown up in the west of Ireland among the Celtic community.

Speaking to Celtic TV in the traditional ‘Welcome to Celtic’ interview the striker couldn’t hide his excitement at being a Celtic player.  “It feels amazing. Thankfully it’s over the line now and it’s time to get down to work and impress the manager and get in and amongst it all.

“I had a good season with Sligo and it was great to play there but when Celtic come in it’s a no brainer. It’s such a big club here and back home and so many of my family and friends support the club, so I couldn’t wait to get here.

“Coming from the Showground, it’s a lovely ground in Sligo and its home but when you come here it’s just something different.  I’m looking forward to playing in-front of the fans and giving everything I have to keep the team winning and hopefully I can win a lot of trophies here.

“I’m a striker that likes to get in behind and press defenders. I bring massive work-rate to the team and hopefully I can score goals and get the fans on their feet. Playing in front of 60,000 fans at Celtic Park will be a dream come true at a stadium with such history.”

Kenny also pointed out that Ange Postecoglou’s belief in giving young players a chance played a role in his decision to sign for Celtic. “The manager was massive,” Kenny said. “I was talking to him a few times before I came and it’s amazing the way he wants to play and what he thinks of me.

“The amount of young players he’s brought through here has been unreal and I hope I can play under him. I’ve signed a long-term deal so I want to come here, win trophies, score goals, get the fans on my side and win stuff here at Celtic Park and bring more success.”

Welcome to Celtic Johnny!

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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