Sligo Rovers have reached an agreement with Celtic for the transfer of striker Johnny Kenny.
The 18-year-old scored 11 goals in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division last season to help Liam Buckley's side finish in third place, and the club confirmed today that an agreement has been reached with the Glasgow giants, while also thanking the teenager for his "noteworthy contribution" last term.
Kenny made his first appearances in a Republic of Ireland shirt later in the year and enjoyed an electrifying start to his international career, notching in three consecutive Under-19 games as the Boys in Green reached Elite Phase Qualifying in the European Championships.
Kenny had the choice of two clubs in Scotland after initial interest from Hibernian, with the player pictured watching their first-team in action at Easter Road earlier this month.
Celtic moved ahead of the Edinburgh side last week to secure the Sligo striker's services.
🆕✍️ #CelticFC is delighted to announce that 𝑱𝒐𝒉𝒏𝒏𝒚 𝑲𝒆𝒏𝒏𝒚 will be joining Celtic from @sligorovers on a 5-year contract subject to usual conditions and international clearance.🍀🇮🇪#WelcomeJohnny pic.twitter.com/wwZQXL2W6m— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 8, 2022
The fee is €150,000 as per a release clause in Kenny's contract and the club could benefit further from the transfer after negotiating adds-on based on future performance.
Sligo manager Liam Buckley congratulated the youngster on earning the move to the Hoops.
"Johnny has been magnificent for Sligo Rovers," he said. "At a very young age he showed all the attributes to make a successful career in the game and he can take great pride in what he has already achieved in these very early days.
"It was clear a move would occur at some point and as it comes now, all of our staff, players and coaches wish him the very best. He retains our support whenever needed."
He will be the latest recruit by Celtic from the League of Ireland after Liam Scales moved from Shamrock Rovers last August.
Scales, 23, has already broken through at first-team level for Ange Postecoglou’s side but Kenny may have to bide his time at Parkhead and go on loan to a lower league club.