Another blow for Kenny as Rovers set to bring Finn back from Dundalk
Shamrock Rovers are on the verge of competing a shock deal to bring Ronan Finn back to the club from Dundalk.
Finn has spent the past two years with the League of Ireland champions but was out of contract at the end of Dundalk's European run and Rovers are understood to have presented the midfielder with an attractive deal to return to Tallaght.
It's believed that Finn - who turns 29 tomorrow - is tempted by a move that also includes the provision of a part-time job outside of football that will allow him to plan for the longer-term future.
Losing Finn would be a major blow to Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny after the departures of key men Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle to Preston. Kenny worked with Finn at Rovers and brought him to Louth at the end of the 2014 season.
He was a big part of Dundalk's success this year and shone in the latter stages of the campaign.
His capture would represent a serious statement of intent from Rovers boss Stephen Bradley as the Hoops look to challenge at the top end next term. Finn was a part of the Rovers side that won the league and reached the Europa League group stages in 2011.
Elsewhere, Celtic fans should expect to see some potential stars of the future involved against Partick Thistle tonight, according to boss Brendan Rodgers.
The champions are in the middle of a punishing nine-game December schedule but their 2-1 home win over Dundee on Saturday took them back 11 points clear of Rangers at the top Premiership, and they have two games in hand over the Ibrox men.
With such a commanding lead on the back of a 20-game unbeaten domestic run, Rodgers yesterday promised to draft in some of his U-20 squad for the visit of the basement boys, although he refused to give names.