Celtic defender shares what club have told him to achieve on loan; chats with McInroy

By Euan Davidson

January 28, 2022

Young defender Brody Paterson has been given clear instructions from Celtic on what to achieve at Airdrieonians, while there’s still mystery over Kerr McInroy making a Diamonds return.

Paterson, who’s on his second loan spell away from Celtic, is valued by the B Team. At 20, he still has significant potential, and models his own game on Kieran Tierney. A period with Queen’s Park, who were promoted last season, was fruitful, and he’s performed well at B Team level.

Whether he’ll be joined by fellow Celtic Academy talent Kerr McInroy, though, is up in the air. While Paterson and McInroy have been in touch, the defender isn’t sure.

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McInroy told the Daily Record: “I’d heard about the move for a few weeks but for a few different reasons, it was delayed. I am happy that it has finally come.

“I got about 30 games under my belt with the Celtic ‘B’ team before heading here so I am definitely not lacking in games. Celtic want me to play as much as possible. They want contributions to goals and clean sheets.

“I spoke to Kerr [McInroy] a lot about it. I tried to get as much out of him as I could but he keeps his cards close to his chest! I’ll need to see in the next few days what he’s thinking. Kerr’s a great player and he would make my job much easier if I am playing alongside him. But even if he doesn’t come, all the boys here are great.

“If he does, that is an added bonus. The games at Lowland League level are different to what they are here. At Celtic, we have possession for the majority of the game.

“It’s totally different coming out on loan and it’s an experience I will learn a lot from.”

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For young Celtic defender Brody Paterson, his agenda is clear, but Kerr McInroy’s isn’t

It’s great hearing players being this honest, and lifting the lid on what Celtic expect from their players, whether it’s young defender Brody Paterson, or whoever the club send out on loan.

In 15 appearances for Queen’s Park, Paterson made a decent impact for the Spiders. But Celtic are clearly wanting more from the young defender, in terms of both defensive and attacking responsibilities. If he is to emulate Kieran Tierney, then he needs to patrolling the wing, keeping things tight and contributing to goals.

What an exciting task for any young player!

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As for Kerr McInroy, the picture is more unclear. You’d suspect that, given his excellent half-season with Airdrieonians and his impending contract expiration, the Penny Cars would be a sound choice. However, if he’s got interest from further up the SPFL, it’d be wise to pursue it.

It’s possible he’s already outgrown Airdrieonians, you see. In 15 games, McInroy – a defensive midfielder – has 4 goals and 4 assists to his name [Transfermarkt]. The lad’s strolling it.

It’ll be an interesting situation to keep an eye on, with both young Celtic defender Brody Paterson looking to impress, and Kerr McInroy to surely soon resolve his situation.

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