Covid denies clash of Celtic youngsters in SPFL

By Euan Davidson

December 11, 2021

Without a Celtic game on today, you’d have been forgiven for looking around the SPFL for a game to go to, or something to watch on TV, but a potential highlight has been denied by Covid.

Luca Connell v Kerr McInroy in SPFL League One, to be specific.

Airdrieonians were set to host Queens Park today, but an outbreak of Covid-19 cases has led to the Diamonds having to call the game off.

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A statement from the SPFL read [SPFL]: “Saturday’s cinch League 1 match between Airdrieonians and Queen’s Park at the Penny Cars Stadium has been postponed.

“Airdrieonians requested that the SPFL postpone the fixture as, due to positive Covid cases and close contacts, they do not have sufficient players available to fulfil the fixture.

“An SPFL spokesman said: “After reviewing the information provided by Airdrieonians, Saturday’s match between Airdrieonians and Queen’s Park has been postponed. A new date for the fixture will be announced in due course.””

Kerr McInroy, who’s enjoyed a decent loan spell with Airdrionians, will be disappointed. He was hoping to meet “good friend’ Connell on the pitch tomorrow. As recently as yesterday, he said [Daily Record]: “I know Luca really well. Luca’s a good pal of mine and it will be interesting to go and play against him.

“So I’m looking forward to that. Luca’s a really good player and got the move couple of years ago now. Perhaps it hasn’t worked out as well as he would have wanted.

“But he’s out playing games at Queen’s Park and I’m sure he’s happy with that. I’m sure he’ll be looking forward to the weekend.”

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Watching Luca Connell is pretty much always fun. The midfield creative dynamo is real talent, and has become a key player for Queens Park.

Ditto McInroy at Airdrie. A former Celtic youth team captain, McInroy is in his second loan spell away from the club. He spent much of last season at Championship strugglers Dunfermline, though they were better when he was there.

It was a high-stakes game, too. Queens Park and Airdrieonians are on equal points in SPFL League One. Admittedly, the Mount Florida side have the advantage, with a goal difference of +10 compared to the Diamonds.

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It would’ve been a really interesting one to get along to. The Penny Cars stadium has become a frequent haunt of Celtic supporters this season.

Celtic B Team and Celtic FC Women matches are hosted at the stadium, with Glen Daly’s “The Celtic Song” a regular sound at the Penny Cars.

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