The Scottish Premiership is more than good enough for Jonjoe Kenny to prove himself worthy of a place at Everton after joining Celtic on loan.
That is the view of former Rangers and Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes there has been a significant improvement in the quality and competitiveness in Scotland’s top-flight this season.
As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Carlo Ancelotti insisted Kenny still has a long-term future at Goodison Park after the 23-year-old sealed a temporary move to Parkhead.
The right-back struggled for game time for the Toffees in the first half of the season but was thrown straight into Neil Lennon’s starting XI to make his Celtic debut against Kilmarnock.
McLeish has insisted there is no question Kenny will be tested during his time in Scotland and suggested it would be a good learning curve for the defender.
Asked if the Scottish Premiership was a high enough level for Kenny to develop and prove himself as Premier League quality, McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “For the Premier League in England? Yeah, I don’t think there’s any doubt of that.
“You look at Virgil van Dijk, you look at other iconic figures who have gone down to England and been very successful when they’ve used the route of Scotland first. Scotland’s in quite a good moment in terms of football, a lot of the smaller teams are playing well.
“St Mirren are beating both Rangers and Celtic, Jim Goodwin, you’ve got to say he’s doing a good job there. St Johnstone took Rangers quite close on Wednesday and there have been some really surprising results in Scotland.
“Whether it’s the pandemic, whether it’s been no crowd and the players have been able to express themselves and be able to play without any real pressure, I really do think there’s been an improvement.
“Also, the fact that the national team have qualified for the Euros, that gives everybody a shot in the arm.”