Celtic youngster Kerr McInroy played his first match in 10 months this week

By David Walton

February 26, 2020

There were plenty of positives to take from Celtic’s 4-1 Reserve Cup win against Hibernian on Monday, but one that’s gone under the radar was the return of Kerr McInroy.

McInroy captained Celtic in the Reserve League last season before being struck down in a 3-1 victory against Motherwell back in April. The injury forced him into using crutches for a period too.

Since then it appears to have been a long road back for the young midfielder. Fortunately, however, he came on for the final 28 minutes of the 4-1 reserve win on Monday. He replaced Luca Connell to finally play his first game since that horrific injury last year.

Celtic Park (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McInroy was certainly building up a case for being one of the next breakthrough talents at Parkhead before his injury. He had managed to get plenty of praise from on-looking supporters, and was even compared to Italian legend Andrea Pirlo by one (Daily Star)

Celtic had also been promoting his talents as they collected 10 recent eye-catching goals he had scored for the reserves and published them on YouTube. It was certainly an eye-opener for supporters who hadn’t seen much of the second-string.

Getting back into the swing of things is all that matters

It’s such a shame that McInroy’s momentum was halted so suddenly. With the press he was getting and some of the rave reviews from supporters, he surely would’ve been a candidate to get some first-team game-time towards the end of last season.

The young midfielder has been a part of matchday squads in the past. He’s been given two spots on the bench back in February and November 2018 against St Johnstone and Hearts respectively (Transfermarkt). He was certainly on the right path.

But there’s no reason to be panicking. McInroy is only 19 and has his entire career ahead of him. Just getting back on track with the reserves is all that matters now. If he gets back to the level he was performing at before, he’ll back in and amongst the first-team talk once again.

It’ll also be interesting to see whether he comes back and claims the armband right away too. In any case, it’s just great to see such an exciting young talent back playing football again.

How far do you reckon McInroy is from a first-team chance? Is he one of the next in line for a debut? Can he match the impressive performances of Scott Robertson, Karamoko Dembele, and Stephen Welsh if he gets the chance? Let us know your thoughts in our discussion forum below.