Celtic have endured a nightmare season and it is clear that the club will undergo a massive overhaul in the summer. Peter Lawwell has already been confirmed to be stepping down at the end of the campaign while Neil Lennon is also expected to be shown the exit door. There have been rumours regarding the future of Nick Hammond as well.
A number of players are expected to leave as well. Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie are believed to be eyeing moves away from Scotland and with just a year left on their contracts next summer, it is very likely that the club will try to get a transfer fee out of their departure instead of allowing them to walk out for free a year later.
One high profile name who has already departed Parkhead though is Jeremie Frimpong. The Dutch youngster joined the club just a couple of summers ago but had nailed down his spot in the first-team. And his impressive performances convinced Bayer Leverkusen to shell out £10 million to sign him.
Jonjoe Kenny was signed on loan from Everton for the rest of the season as a replacement and Gabriel Agbonlahor believes that he could be perfect in the Scottish Premiership. Speaking with Football Insider, he said:
“Definitely. I like Jonjoe Kenny, he’s a good player.
“It’s tough for him at Everton with Seamus Coleman ahead of him.
“But he’s a good player and I’m sure he’ll be perfect in the Scottish Premiership.”
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Celtic could have a tough time signing Kenny on a permanent basis
Kenny has impressed in the couple of appearances that he has made for Celtic till now. But that is no indication of how good he will be for the long-term.
You will remember that Shane Duffy also made a spectacular start to his career at Parkhead but we all know how that ultimately turned out. Even Diego Laxalt made a spectacular start after arriving but has faded away since then and lost his place to Greg Taylor.
Thus, it is a bit too early to judge if Kenny can get it done in the Hoops. But the fact that he was starting regularly for Schalke last season provides some hope.
Even if he does end up being a good player, Celtic will have a hard time signing him permanently. He was linked with a move to Burnley earlier but Everton reportedly rate him at around £10 million. And it is more than likely that the Hoops will not go out and shatter their transfer record on a right-back.