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Johnny Kenny’s signing has nothing to do with Seamus Coleman like Tabloid headline suggests.

7 January 2022

Not sure where Paul Lennon from the Irish Daily Star and the Irish Daily Mirror online is getting his information about Celtic missing out on Seamus Coleman 13 years ago. Coleman proved during his career that he was a quality player for both club and country.


Lennon was writing about Johnny Kenny’s move from Sligo Rovers to Celtic and writes “The Hoops were outbid by Everton for Coleman in January 2009 when the Toffees’ €70,000 offer was accepted by the Bit O’ Red with subsequent add-ons earning Sligo a total of €170,000 for the future Ireland skipper” Not true or maybe my mind is playing games with me but I don’t think so.

When Coleman was linked with Celtic, he was not on the Everton radar. German international Andreas Hinkel was Celtic’s first choice right back and Paul Caddis was his reserve. Paul had come through the youth ranks at Celtic and would make 17 first team appearances before leaving the club to play in England. Celtic opted not to sign Coleman and David Moyes was alerted to this and took a punt on the young player and it proved to be a great bit of business.

Let’s get it straightl,  Johnny Kenny’s signing has nothing to do with Seamus Coleman like the tabloid headline suggests.


Andrew Milne is Editor of More than 90 Minutes Celtic Fanzine which he started in 2001. He has been involved with fanzines since 1989 and has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic.  He is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of the Celtic Soul Podcast, Talk form the Terrace Podcast, Grand Auld History Podcast & Celtic AM pre-match events at Murphy’s in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association.