According to The Liverpool Echo’s Phil Kirkbride, Everton right-back Jonjoe Kenny is heading to Celtic on a loan deal.
With Jeremie Frimpong having sealed his transfer move to Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen, Neil Lennon has been left without a natural at right-back, with Anthony Ralston clearly not in favour.
Now, Kirkbride has claimed that Kenny could be the man Lennon has turned to solve his problem, and that with the Toffees unable to agree a permanent deal with fellow Premier League side Burnley, the 23-year-old looks set to head north of the border to join Celtic for the rest of the season.
With the Hoops’ main rivals for Kenny’s signature out of the way, Celtic appear to have been handed a major boost in their bid to land the £6.3m-rated Kenny, and thus solve their crisis at right-back.
Kristoffer Ajer, predominantly a centre-half, has had to fill in there, and whilst he hasn’t exactly put a foot wrong, it certainly isn’t a long-term solution for Lennon.
In Kenny however, Celtic will be getting a man described as an “outstanding talent“, and one that has built up some top-level experience by playing for Bundesliga side Schalke last season – he played 31 times in the German top flight for the Gelsenkirchen outfit.
A loan deal just helps tide things over for Lennon until the summer, when they can focus on bringing some more permanent additions to the squad. For now, needs must, and Kenny’s signing would represent a solid capture.