Midfielder explains why he refused option to stay at Celtic for 2022/23 season

By David Walton

June 20, 2022

Former Celtic midfielder Kerr McInroy has explained why he didn’t take up any option to stay at Parkhead for the 2022/23 season.

The player could likely have stayed at Celtic Park until the summer of 2023 with an extra year’s option there on his contract. However, he decided to let it run as he joined Kilmarnock in a permanent move instead.

McInroy came through the academy at Lennoxtown but never managed to make a single first-team appearance. Instead, he was given plenty of loan experience with the likes of Dunfermline Athletic, Airdrieonians, and Ayr United respectively.

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And as he gets set to take a new path with Killie in the Premiership, McInroy has explained his decision to leave. As quoted by the Scottish Sun, he said: “I wanted to get away and build my own reputation. Rather than, ‘Oh, he’s a loan player from Celtic’, I wanted to be a Killie player. My view was I had enough of the loans.

“I wanted to get settled and play football, and Celtic helped me with that by letting me go. It’s good to get settled and it’s somewhere I’ll be for at least a couple of years. It felt good knowing the Kilmarnock manager wanted to sign me. I met him for a coffee. I had a good feeling, and I think he was the same with me.

“I was keen to come and get it signed, I want to work with him. It was a big draw looking at the players he’s worked with and what level he got them to. It gave me a good feeling, you look at the ones at Aberdeen, it was good. I didn’t really have any reservations about crossing the divide from Ayr. I was only there for a few months, it was only a short-term loan, so it didn’t really bother me.”

Kerr McInroy “had enough” of Celtic loan exits

You have to respect the path McInroy chose to take here. After all, it would’ve been easy for him to sit on his Celtic contract for an extra 12 months and have another relatively relaxed year.

Instead he’s managed to get out and challenge himself. He’s seized a big opportunity after his fine performances during his loan spells. All credit to him.

You have to admit that Kerr has also landed on his feet here. From operating in League One to sealing a move to the Premiership – he’ll be playing top–flight football next season and could even play against Celtic should he break into the team in Ayrshire.

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There was a period where McInroy looked like being the next big thing to come from Lennoxtown. However, injuries have sadly set him back and it simply hasn’t looked like he would be getting much of an opportunity over the last couple of years.

But it’ll certainly be intriguing to see how he performs at the top level. Not least because he’ll be up against the best the country has to offer. If he manages to make a big impact at Kilmarnock, the sky really is the limit given Kerr is still only 21 years of age.

All the best to him in what’s undoubtedly a cracking opportunity for the player.

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