Dunfermline boss Stevie Crawford has praised two Celtic Academy graduates, Kerr McInroy and Ewan Henderson.

The pair came through the Academy at the same time and are said to be good friends. Both players joined Celtic at 12 years of age, and have turned in decent performances for the Pars together this season.

Speaking to assorted journalists ahead of a Friday night meeting with Alloa, Crawford praised Henderson, who has brought drive and creativity to the Fifers’ midfield.

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Crawford said [Courier]:

“We feel really fortunate to have added Ewan towards the end of the loan window.

“We tried to bring him in during January but, for one reason or another, it didn’t go through at that time.

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“But he looks like he is enjoying his football and has settled in to the group, especially with having Kerr McInroy in the building, as he knows Kerr really well.

“He has calmness in possession and has that art of being able to carry the ball and dribble forward, while being in total control. He sees things going forward and is a good character.”

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Kerr McInroy beats Kai Havertz to the ball on U19 international duty / (Photo by Juergen Schwarz/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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Regarding lesser-seen Celtic Academy man Kerr McInroy, Crawford continued:

 

“Kerr has been great for us.

“He’s probably a little frustrated that, since the turn of the year, he’s not personally had as much game-time as he would have hoped.

“But he has shown me in the last couple of weeks that he will have a big impact in what we do between now and the end of the season.

“Sometimes, a person coming in that you know can allow you to kick on again. And I believe that Ewan has brought the best out of Kerr in recent weeks.”

While it’s a bit of a shame we’re not seeing the duo getting first-team minutes for Celtic, it’s at least a comfort that they’re performing well on loan. Since April began, Dunfermline have gone unbeaten, winning two out of five matches [WhoScored?].

It might make sense to extend Henderson and McInroy’s loan deals beyond the end of this season. At a decent level in the Championship, the young midfield pair are working under a well-respected coach, playing attacking football and garnering plenty of first-team minutes.

It’s great to see Celtic Academy players developing and forming on-field partnerships. In the long-term, we hope this understanding finds itself in the midfield for the Hoops.

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