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Celtic: Ange can unearth Larsson 2.0 in Johnny Kenny

It has proven to be a tremendous campaign for Celtic and their manager Ange Postecoglou, with the Australian leading the club to the Premiership title at the first time of asking in his debut season at the helm.

Aside from his inventive and attacking approach, one key factor in the club’s return to the summit has been the 56-year-old’s masterful recruitment, with almost all of the Hoops’ new arrivals having made an impact over the course of the campaign.

One new addition who is yet to be afforded his chance is young Johnny Kenny, with the 18-year-old still waiting for his first senior outing for the Hoops after signing from League of Ireland club Sligo Rovers in January.

With the Glasgow club’s campaign now at an end, the teenage striker will have to wait a little while yet to earn his first-team bow, although all the indications would suggest he is a player who could become a mainstay of the side in the future, such is his prodigious talent.

Prior to his move to Parkhead, the fledgling talent netted 12 times in 34 outings for Sligo, an impressive return considering that remains his only stint in senior football to date.

While it is still early days in his career, Kenny has already demonstrated his knack for finding the back of the net, with his former youth team coach Conor O’Grady insisting that the player has a “natural instinct of knowing where the goal is”.

Should Kenny be given a chance at Celtic?

He's ready!

He's ready!

No, too soon!

No, too soon!

O’Grady went on to compare the young Irishman to former Liverpool forward Ian Rush, as well as Hoops legend Henrik Larsson, insisting that “a lot of attributes would be similar” between the emerging striker and the club’s Swedish icon.

A god at Parkhead, Larsson scored 242 goals in 315 appearances in all competitions during his time in Glasgow, notably netting a remarkable 53 goals as Martin O’Neill’s side won the treble in the 2000/01 campaign.

Be it that dink in the 6-2 thrashing of bitter rivals Rangers, or his vital goals en route to the 2003 UEFA Cup final, the one-time Barcelona man delivered a catalogue of memorable and joyous moments in the green and white shirt.

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Although that may be too great a burden to put on the shoulders of young Kenny, the early signs are that he could have the quality to reproduce eye-catching moments of his own in the years to come, with Postecoglou needing to hand him his chance in pre-season and beyond. The Celtic manager could already have the next Larsson on his hands.

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Article title: Celtic: Ange can unearth Larsson 2.0 in Johnny Kenny

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