Celtic midfielder Kerr McInroy explains why he simply had to join Ayr United last night

By David Walton

February 1, 2022

Celtic midfielder Kerr McInroy has explained why he had to leave Parkhead for Ayr United last night.

McInroy finalised a move to the Championship club in a loan agreement that will keep him at Somerset until the end of the season. It is at that stage when McInroy’s Celtic contract will also expire.

The player spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Airdrieonians in League One, and he made a huge impression. Indeed, Kerr made 15 appearances and bagged 4 goals and 4 assists in the second half of 2021 [Transfermarkt].

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And despite again being wanted by Airdrie for the rest of the season, McInroy has bagged a move to the Championship instead as he explained his reasons for his decision.

As quoted by the Daily Record, McInroy said: “I’ve been aware of Ayr’s interest for a few weeks now. I really liked the manager’s philosophy on football and he seems a top guy, so it made it an easier decision to come here. Graeme [Mathie] has also been keeping in touch, so it was nice to feel wanted that way.

“I had other options but I liked the way the club were speaking to me and made clear how much they wanted me. The facilities off the park seem to be taking shape and the club is going in the right direction. I like to get on the ball and make things happen and I see this is as a really good place to come and do it.

“The Championship is a crazy league and we have a spell of two games a week coming up, so I’m looking forward to getting in amongst it.”

Kerr McInroy needed out of Celtic; regular football essential

The one thing that was definite before McInroy’s move to Ayr was that he needed out of Celtic. The simple reason being that the only thing that should be in his mind now is first-team football.

He’s absolutely shone in League One with Airdrieonians. The fact he’s now managed to find himself at a level above is exactly the kind of career progression he will have been looking for back in the summer.

His move to Ayr ticks all of the right boxes for him. He’ll be taking part in a competitive league in which Ayr are looking to avoid the drop in. If he plays a key role in keeping the Honest Men up this season, then all of a sudden his stock grows again come the summer.

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This coming summer window is going to be the biggest in McInroy’s career. Granted, it remains to be seen if he’s handed a new Celtic contract, but that doesn’t seem likely. And if that’s not the case, then he has to find himself a competitive environment elsewhere.

The move to Ayr puts him on that pathway. Even if promotion isn’t achieved this season (and chances are it certainly won’t be), he’s already performing at a higher level than he ever has at any stage in his career.

It’ll be intriguing to see if he can make the most of it.

In other news, Celtic Chief Executive Michael Nicholson deserves immense credit for superb January work