By Noel Whelan

24th Mar, 2021 | 6:00pm

Whelan rips into Everton loanee Kenny after he was shown up against Rangers

On-loan Everton right-back Jonjoe Kenny was guilty of “schoolboy defending” in the Glasgow derby – as was the whole Celtic defence.

That is according to ex-Scottish Premiership forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Celtic’s 1-1 draw with Rangers on Sunday.

The 24-year-old played a horror pass which led to the Rangers corner from which Alfredo Morelos equalised.

It was Kenny himself who was meant to be marking the Colombian striker and his overall performance has been the subject of derision from fans.

Whelan slammed Kenny and Celtic’s defence as a whole for the sloppy mistakes which resulted in Rangers’ goal and have been a theme throughout the season.

He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “It was not great at all. They needed to mark better and to be better as a team. It was a lack of concentration and discipline in key areas. That is always going to let teams down.

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“When you look at the goals, it could have been stopped at source at any time. It was schoolboy defending from Kenny. They lacked the basics of defending. That’s not how you defend.

“Defending is a discipline you’ve got to concentrate on. If you’re not, that’s what happens.”

Kenny signed for Celtic from Everton on a six-month loan deal in January and has featured nine times in Hoops colours so far.

As revealed by Football Insider, he is valued at £7million by the Merseysiders and they are willing to let him go permanently.

In other news, Celtic have been urged to turn their attention towards alternative candidates after Rafael Benitez revealed his stance on his next job.