Kevin Phillips has heaped praise on new boy Jonjoe Kenny for his deadline day move to Celtic.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 23-year-old’s willingness to move to a “struggling” Hoops side says a lot about his character.
Celtic signed the Everton right-back on a five-month loan deal after Jeremie Frimpong completed a permanent move to Bayer Leverkusen.
Kenny has started both of Neil Lennon’s side’s league fixtures since his arrival, including Saturday’s 2-1 win over Motherwell.
Phillips claimed the former England Under-21 international would be “very excited” to join a club of the stature of Celtic.
“Credit to him for moving to Glasgow and joining a side that is struggling,” he told Football Insider.
“It is a great move for him though. He was not getting much game time at Everton but at Celtic I think he will start almost every week.
“He will be very excited about this move. Celtic are a world-renowned club.
“It will be a difficult one but credit to him for putting himself in that position. It tells you a lot about his character.
“It is now down to the attributes of the player and what he does. I will be intrigued to see how he does for the rest of the season.”
Speaking shortly he arrived at Parkhead, Kenny told CelticTV: “To come up here and play my football at a club like this is perfect for me right now.
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