ANGE POSTECOGLOU has given an update on the new signing, Johnny Kenny.
Arriving in January, the striker had troubles with Covid and injury, meaning he is still waiting to make his Celtic debut.
Coming from Sligo Rovers in Ireland, Kenny had scored 11 goals in his first season as a professional footballer. The highly-rated youngster had the attention of Hibs and many English teams but opted to sign for Celtic after the Hoops triggered his buy-out clause.
Kenny started the 5-0 thrashing over Partick Thistle, scoring his first goal in green and white while doing so.
Speaking in the pre-match press conference ahead of Celtic’s Scottish Cup tie, Postecoglou admitted it’s up to Kenny to prove himself after he heard positive reports about the striker. [Celtic FC YouTube]
“We’ll just see how it goes. We’re happy to get Johnny in. We had a sort of disrupted beginning where we had to go easy with him in terms of his training, so he’s back training fully and it’s great to see him playing again. It’s also great to see Mikey Johnston and Karamoko Dembele getting a run too.
“The reports I got back about all three were very good in terms of their attitude and the way they went about the game which is great.
“For all the young guys it is the same thing. They are here with me every day and there is nothing written in their contracts that implores me to say that if they don’t deserve to play then I won’t put them out there.
“The young guys have a chance to put their case forward and be a part of it. At the same time, with the younger ones and new guys that come in we are happy to be patient and let them adjust to life and training here and see how they cope.”
Postecoglou conformed he would join the first team after signing for the Hoops. However, forcing his way into the team may prove a challenge. Celtic are pretty stacked in the forward areas and have quality players. He may find himself waiting for a chance, and when he gets it, he must grab it with both hands.