Airdrieonians want to sign Kerr McInroy permanently if he leaves Celtic

By David Walton

October 10, 2021

Airdrieonians manager Ian Murray has admitted he would love to sign Kerr McInroy permanently if the opportunity comes up.

McInroy stated last week that it looks as though his time at Parkhead is coming to an end after coming through the youth ranks. The midfielder is currently on loan with League One side Airdrieonians, but still looks some way from a first-team spot in Glasgow’s East End.

McInroy has been with Celtic his entire career outside of loan spells. But even the most optimistic would admit that it doesn’t look as though he has a chance here anymore.

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And Airdrie boss Murray has moved to signal his side’s intention to nab him should he become available.

As quoted by the Daily Record, he said: “I’m maybe a wee bit surprised that we’ve managed to get hold of Kerr; the longer the window goes on, sometimes things come up, and I’ve always said if we’re in a position to add to our squad with a player who is of genuine quality then we will always at least try.

“That was the case here; Kerr popped up in the last 48 hours [of the window], and we know how good he is. He’s been at Celtic since a young age, he’s still there at 21 and is training and playing with the first team, so he has definite quality.

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“Just like any other player, we will aim to improve him as usual and then send him back to Celtic. If that changes at his end, then hopefully we’ll be in the mix to be in a position to try and entice him to us, because he’s a really good player.”

Where Kerr McInroy lands permanently should he leave Celtic remains up in the air

It’s no surprise that McInroy would have an option in League One. But given his development over the last few years, he surely operates at a level higher than that.

He’s impressed with Championship side Dunfermline Athletic in the past. At the very least, any drop-down in division from the Premiership should only see him head as far as that level.

McInroy appears to already be proving himself as too good for League One level this term. He’s a stalwart in the Airdrie side even this early into his time there.

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It of course hasn’t been confirmed that McInroy is for the off. Then again, it’s difficult to see any reason as to why he would stay. At 21, he’ll have hoped to have been closer to the Celtic first-team.

When it comes to contract renewals, McInroy simply hasn’t done enough to warrant being on the list. And it doesn’t even seem as if the youngster himself truly wants it either. Not if he’s still going to be out of the first-team picture.

You have to admire his determination for first-team football. Fingers crossed that’s exactly what he gets regardless of whether he stays at Airdrieonians or not.

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