With just hours left of the January transfer window, Nick Hammond managed to pull off a last-gasp deal to sign Everton’s Jonjoe Kenny. Talks escalated during deadline day and right on the cusp, Celtic announced the signing of the right-back on a loan deal for the remainder of the season.
According to BBC Sport, Kenny is set to take up an instant role in Neil Lennon’s squad and he is eager to get started with his new club. The Hoops recently offloaded Jeremie Frimpong, who has moved to Bayer Leverkusen for a fee that could rise up to £11.5million (BBC Sport) so there was a vacancy in the squad.
It’s no secret that Celtic are seriously struggling this season, so much so that Lennon’s job status at the hilt of the club hangs in the balance.
However, this last-minute bit of business could hugely benefit both Celtic and the boss. With Frimpong leaving for the Bundesliga, the Bhoys had just young duo Anthony Ralston and Manny Perez to rely on. According to Transfermarkt, they have just 20 senior appearances for the Hoops between them. With neither tried and tested, Celtic could have been in big trouble for the last stretch of the season.
However, thanks to Hammond’s quick thinking and Peter Lawwell’s agreement to bring the £50,000 per week Everton man to Parkhead, a hole has been plugged.
Kenny spent last season on loan with Schalke, missing just three Bundesliga matches throughout the entire campaign. During his loan spell, the Merseyside-born defender contributed two goals, three assists and six clean sheets, via Transfermarkt.
Lennon revealed on deadline day that Kenny is a player he has “liked for a while” and now finally, the boss has bagged his man. Should things go well for the right-back in Glasgow, a permanent move could be on the cards. But for now, the focus is on damage limitation in Celtic’s disappointing 2020/21 season.
Lennon, Hammond and the Celtic have rightly been criticised on numerous occasions this season but getting this deal for Kenny done was a masterstroke of a move, and for that, they should be applauded.
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