Kerr McInroy expects to leave Celtic this summer despite extra year option

By David Walton

October 7, 2021

Airdrieonians loan star Kerr McInroy doesn’t think he’ll stay at Celtic beyond the summer.

McInroy’s Parkhead contract gives him an option of taking up an extra year in Glasgow. But it isn’t something he believes will be activated come the summer.

The Lennoxtown academy graduate was one of the hottest young prospects in the youth system several years ago. However, a nasty injury that forced him out for 10 months appeared to stall his progress. Since then, he’s been out on loan with Dunfermline and Airdrieonians respectively.

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And as he starts to face up to reality at Parkhead, he appeared to admit that he doesn’t see any real future for him at the Hoops.

As quoted by the Daily Record, McInroy said: “It’s a difficult one for myself. I want to play as many games as I can and show people what I can do. I want to grab a few goals.

“It’s a confusing situation for me. My head has been all over the place trying to work things out. So for now, it’s just a case of getting games. I have an option of another year at Celtic but this will probably be my last year at Celtic. So I need to get as many games as I can, wherever that may be.

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“I need to get my name back out there and getting appearances and goals under my belt should hopefully show people what I can do.”

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You have to admire this train of thought from McIntory. Considering he’s been at Celtic for the entirety of his career, for many it would be difficult to let go of that.

But Kerr appears to have the common sense approach here. He’s acknowledged just how far away he is from first-team action. And considering he’s now 21, it’s time for him to start looking for regular minutes elsewhere.

There comes a time when you’re no longer a budding young hopeful in the academy. If McInroy was to stay at Parkhead and continue to be sent out on loan spells, he’ll be 24 before he knows it and yet to have nailed down a long-term option.

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Leaving Celtic this summer gives him the best chance of bolstering his reputation. That being because wherever he goes next with almost certainly see him playing regularly.

It’s difficult to know what level McInroy will have to settle for of course. Currently plying his trade in League One, he’ll have a right to feel he can compete at a higher level than that. Especially given he impressed for Dunfermline Athletic in the Championship last season.

Regardless, there was a time when McInroy looked primed to be a success at Celtic Park. But credit to him for opening his eyes to the reality of the situation.

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