JONJOE Kenny has admitted he is keen to settle down at one club after four loan spells in six years – but acknowledged he has to keep performing at a high level for Celtic in the coming weeks to seal a permanent switch to Parkhead this summer. 

Kenny joined the Glasgow club from parent club Everton in January after Jeremie Frimpong was signed by Bayer Leverkusen in Germany and shortly before Hatem Abd Elhamed returned to his native Israel.

The 24-year-old has impressed in his performances for John Kennedy’s side – he has lost just one of the 10 matches he has been involved in – and many fans would like to see him make his move to Scotland full-time in the summer.

The defender, who has had temporary stints at Wigan Athletic, Oxford United, Schalke 04 in in Germany since 2015, would certainly like to establish himself at one club after a nomadic career to date.

The right back is keeping his options open and is, with Kennedy still in temporary charge and no sign of a successor for Neil Lennon being announced, focusing on helping Celtic to win matches.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time here,” he said. “To come to a club of the stature of Celtic has been very good for me. Personally I haven’t heard anything about my future. There are a lot of games to go and things to sort out.

“I just want to take it week by week. I’ve got to stay focus on what I’ve got to do, which is performing to the maximum of my ability every week. I think I’ve done okay on my loan spells. I’ve been to some great places and enjoyed it and had some good seasons.

“But as a player you want to have a home for the long term, wherever that may be. I want to get the head down and really push on. The discussions will go on but I need to go out and perform.”

Kenny, who should feature in the Premiership match against Livingston at Parkhead this afternoon, would certainly like to experience playing in front of the full Celtic support when lockdown restrictions are eased.

The former England Under-20 internationalist made his debut in the Glasgow derby match last month and is eagerly anticipating playing against Rangers at Ibrox a week today.

“It would be a massive experience to play at a full Celtic Park,” he said. “I’ve heard the stories and it’s a shame I’ve not had the chance to experience it.

“The Old Firm game was a great experience. Of course you know how big the fixture is, but until you play in it, you don’t really know. You can see what it means to people. 

“The cup game at Ibrox is one to look forward to but we need to look to the next game against Livingston. You don’t want to look too far ahead but we all know what the cup tie means and the magnitude of the game. But we will deal with that went it comes.”

Kenny played for the England team that won the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea back in 2017 and would dearly love to lift another piece of silverware this season and ensure Celtic don’t finish the 2020/21 season trophyless. 

“The World Cup was a great thing to win with England, but you have to move on and it would be nice to have a Scottish Cup winner’s medal,” he said.

“It was a great achievement in South Korea at the time. I don’t think I got how massive it was back home so it was a great thing to do and a brilliant experience.

“We were away for six weeks experiencing tournament life. It’s a nice thing to look back on, but you always need to move on and you want to win more.”

Kenny added: “As a player you want to win trophies and medals and this club has a culture of winning. We want to keep going and end the season with a trophy.

“Celtic have won the Scottish Cup four times in a row, but it’s not about having a responsibility to keep it, it’s about the team wanting to win as many trophies as possible.

“Winning the cup and having a positive end to the season would give a bit back to the fans. It would be a nice way to finish.”