Celtic bolster defence with loan signing of Everton full-back Jonjoe Kenny

Celtic have completed the loan signing of Everton full-back Jonjoe Kenny on a deal until the end of the season.

Jonjoe Kenny has joined Celtic on loan from Everton

The 23-year-old will strengthen Neil Lennon’s options in defence following the departure of Jeremie Frimpong to Bayer Leverkusen.

A former England Under-21 internationalist, Kenny has played eight times for Carlo Ancelotti’s side this term and spent last season loan at Bundesliga side Schalke 04.

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Kenny has also had loan spells with Wigan Athletic and Oxford United.

He played 25 times for the Goodison Park side during the 2017/18 season, including a handful of appearances in Europe, and 13 times during the 2018/19 season and arrives at Celtic with nearly 40 outings in the English Premier League under his belt.

Kenny was a reported target for Burnley earlier in the window but the Clarets are believed to have baulked at the £10 million asking price for a player whose contract expires in the summer of 2022.

Speaking to Celtic’s website Kenny said: “The stature of the club and how big it is made it a decision I couldn’t turn down.

“To come up here and play my football at a club like this is perfect for me right now.

“I want to come here and help the club first of all, and help the lads. Obviously, it’s been a bit difficult, but I just want to come here and try my best and give my all to Celtic, get out there and play and get some games for me, to show people what I can do and show my qualities.”

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