Former Celtic youth captain Kerr McInroy joins Airdrie on loan

By Euan Davidson

October 1, 2021

Kerr McInroy, a former youth captain for Celtic, has joined Airdrie on loan until January, in another move away from the club.

McInroy, who featured in pre-season under Ange Postecoglou, is seeking further opportunities for game-time. After spending last season with Dunfermline, he joins Scott Robertson, Luca Connell and Barry Coffey in a cohort of loaned out midfielders.

The 21-year-old, who represented Scotland at U19 and U17 level [Transfermarkt], said of his latest move [Airdrie FC]:

“I’m delighted to be here. I heard yesterday morning that Airdrie were keen to get me in so I’m in training tonight and looking forward to the game on Saturday.”

“I like to get on the ball and try to make things happen, and hopefully I can get a couple of goals.”

Airdrie manager Ian Murray added:

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“I’m really grateful first and foremost to our own board of directors for getting it over the line, and also to Celtic, to get a really good player in.

“Kerr’s at Celtic training with the first team every day, he’s in good physical condition and he’s match-ready.

“We hope to improve him like every loan player we bring in, the main aim is to improve the team and improve the individual. The deal is until January but hopefully we can extend that if all parties are good with that.”

Kerr McInroy needs big impact at Airdrie to remain in Celtic plans

At 21, despite his obvious attributes, McInroy has never seemed entirely close to making a breakthrough at Celtic.

That’s odd, given his pedigree at youth level. You don’t captain Academy sides if the club doesn’t have a long-term plan for you. Despite various managers being able to take a look at the young midfielder, he just hasn’t been able to make a mark.

Dropping down a level from the Championship isn’t the best sign. But if McInroy can dominate League One midfields, then it’s a lot better than being on the periphery at Celtic.

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With 11 points from 8 games [SPFL], Airdrie need a skilful midfielder to set the tempo. Capable of performing at a better standard, the hope is surely that McInroy can boss it to such a degree that he comes back to Celtic confident and desperate to figure in Postecoglou’s plans.

Like all loanees, we’ll be keeping an eye on how the 21-year-old gets on.

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