Celtic youngster Kerr McInroy has hailed Neil Lennon for the way that the Hoops boss has shown a personal interest in his development and recovery from injury, speaking to The Celtic View (11/03, page 43).
McInroy was enjoying a stellar campaign last season in the reserves before suffering a debilitating injury that kept him out of action for 10 months from last May.
Returning to the second-string set-up last month, he’s now looking to make a renewed push towards the first-team having experienced training with the seniors already.
The 19-year-old has been left encouraged by the personal touch shown by Lennon in his rehabilitation over the last year, describing his input as ‘brilliant’ to the club magazine.
As quoted by The Celtic View (11/03, page 43), he said: “The gaffer wasn’t long in the door when I first got injured, but he’s been really good with me.
“He’s kept in touch with me regularly, asking how I’ve been getting on, and since I’ve been back, I’ve trained a couple of times with the first-team. He’s been brilliant with me, really encouraging as well.
“From here I just want to get as many minutes under my belt as I can. If I can make some more steps up to the first-team, that’d be even better.”
Lennon has already shown this season he’s willing to invest playing time into youth players with competitive action for Jeremie Frimpong, Stephen Welsh and Scott Robertson.
McInroy is right to be encouraged about his first-team chances, especially if the manager is already including him in sessions with the senior side at Lennoxtown.
McInroy’s comments come after similar plaudits from youngster Karamoko Dembele last week.
It sounds like there’s real hope within the youth teams at Lennoxtown that a viable path towards first-team action exists with Lennon in charge.
That can only be a benefit to Celtic.