Whelan View: Celtic may table summer bid for £7m-valued loanee after Burnley talks
Celtic will look to beat Burnley to the permanent signing of Jonjoe Kenny if he impresses during his loan spell, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen forward delivered his verdict after the right-back made his Hoops debut in their 4-0 win over Kilmarnock on Tuesday night.
Kenny moved to Parkhead on loan until the end of the season on deadline day after Jeremie Frimpong was sold to Bayer Leverkusen.
This site revealed during the window Burnley had been in advanced talks over a deal for the 23-year-old after missing out on a loan move 18 months ago.
Everton value their academy graduate at £7million and although they were willing to let him go permanently in January a loan move was always deemed more likely.
“He’s a young player that probably needs to play regularly,” Whelan told Football Insider.
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“He’s gone to a big club, yes they’re having an up and down season and are not going to win the league. But it looks like now they’re trying to rebuild a little bit.
“I know it’s a loan but it might turn into a permanent if he puts in performances that are worthy of a bid from Celtic.
“The opportunity is there for him to be at a big, big club next season.
“If he was required at Everton they would have not let him go. It seems to me he’s available for a permanent move as well.
“All he’s got to do now is get his head down, he’s got quality, he’s very young and got time on his side.
“Come next season if he puts in some good performances then that could be a permanent move.”