Celtic youngster Kerr McInroy suffered late heartbreak last night as his Dunfermline Athletic side were knocked out of the Betfred Cup by St Johnstone on penalties.
McInroy looked as though he was closing in on Hampden. Dunfermline’s Iain Wilson cancelled out Shaun Rooney’s extra-time opener in last night’s quarter-final in Fife. However, Saints ran out 4-3 winners on spot-kicks to deny the Lennoxtown graduate an outing at the national stadium.
Victory would’ve taken Championship side Dunfermline into the semi-finals of the competition and potentially set-up a mouth-watering tie. The Celtic graduate looks as though he would’ve been front and centre of any semi too.
Indeed, the signs are promising for the young midfielder. McInroy played 120 minutes against the Premiership side last night and competed extremely well.
He didn’t, however, take any of Dunfermline’s four penalties as they crashed out of the competition.
All focus turns to the Championship
McInroy can’t lose sight of the progress he’s making with the Pars despite the disappointment of last night. He’s experiencing much more game-time than he would’ve done had he stayed in Glasgow. Even this early on, he’s proving that his move there has been the right one.
The defensive midfielder has made 10 appearances for Stevie Crawford’s side (Transfermarkt), and even has a couple of assists to his name too. He’s recently become a key fixture of this Dunfermline side, and that will please Neil Lennon.
Several weeks ago, his display against Hearts saw the Courier herald his display as they broke down the impressive numbers behind his performance. To be making that level of impression is exactly what Lennon will have wanted from him.
The important thing for him now is to continue making an impression in the second tier and potentially help Dunfermline secure promotion. He’s continuously proving that he can compete at senior level.
Hopefully, things can continue to keep going in a positive trajectory for the midfielder. This is someone many Celtic fans will have high hopes for.