Celtic star Johnny Kenny completes loan spell at Scottish Championship club Queen’s Park to beat Irish competition

CELTIC starlet Johnny Kenny has joined Championship Queen’s Park on loan.

SunSport understands the ambitious Spiders have been keen to strike a deal with the Irish youth ace champions throughout the summer.

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Kenny on assignment in the Republic of Ireland

Interest in the former Sligo Rovers leader has been strong, including from English clubs.

But Owen Coyle’s men have their man and Kenny, who cost Celtic a six-figure sum last season, can now look forward to regular action after being on the sidelines for Ange Postecoglou’s side.

Kenny signed a five-year contract with the Hoops in January, but soon suffered a knee injury.

He is yet to make his competitive debut, but Coyle sees him as a formidable prospect who can play a vital role at the second tier.

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Meanwhile, Celtic are close to agreeing a deal for Rubin Kazan winger Sead Haksabanovic after he reportedly passed a medical.

And they could get the £6m-rated Montenegro ace on a knockdown fee.

Haksabanovic, 23, will leave the relegated Russian club this month. He is currently training alone in his native Sweden and has no desire to return to Russia.

Home reports claim the former West Ham striker is now keen on a move to Parkhead.

He joined Kazan for £6m from IFK Norrkoping last July on a five-year deal.

He joined Carl Starfelt in Russia ahead of the defender’s £4m move to Celtic.

But Haksabanovic left the country after Ukraine invaded, with Fifa suspending his Rubin contract.

He joined Djurgarden on loan in March, but that deal ended in June.
The Swedes have given up hope of a comeback amid interest across Europe.

Sporting director Bosse Andersson said: “There are definitely other options he will consider. It’s a difficult position he’s in.

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With the transfer window about to end, Rubin could agree to a reduced fee or a loan-to-buy deal.

Haksabanovic was at West Ham between 2017 and 2020 but did not kick the ball in the Premier League for the East London club.

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