New Kilmarnock player addresses why he didn't make it at Celtic

By David Walton

June 21, 2022

Kerr McInroy has explained how his injury woes halted him from making it at Celtic Park.

The midfielder has recently joined Kilmarnock ahead of the 2022/23 season as he eyes up regular Premiership football for the first time in his career.

Several years ago, McInroy was considered one of the next big things to come out of Lennoxtown after being a standout at under-20 level. He would also make a couple of squad appearances during the Neil Lennon days, but a 10 month cruciate ligament injury led to his progress being halted.

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All of a sudden loan moves became the norm after his return but it never felt as if he was getting any closer to the first-team. And Kerr believes it was those injuries that held him back more than anything. As quoted by the Scottish Sun, the new Kilmarnock man said: “When I was 18 I injured my cruciate and was out for nearly a year.

“I’d played a few pre-season games with Celtic’s first team and made the bench a couple of times. But then the knee injury happened and it set me back for ten months. My rehab was good but then Covid happened and things just didn’t work out for me. It was tough being so young and dealing with that. Some boys might start feeling sorry for themselves, but it is what it is, I came back and they didn’t see me in the plans.

“I did pre-season with Brendan Rodgers and then went away with Neil Lennon too. It was good to learn from both of them. And I also did last season with the new manager too. It was a wee bit of a culture shock going on loan, it was a wee bit different. But the clubs I have been at have been really good with me, I learned a lot on my loans as you have to go out in the real world. I played a lot of games and that was really good for me.”

Kerr McInroy ready to show what he’s worth at Kilmarnock after Celtic disappointment

There’s no real way to dress up Kerr’s Celtic career. In the end it flattered to deceive with him failing to actually play a single minute of action outside of friendly matches.

The time was never right to try and integrate the midfielder after his injury either. Celtic were simply always needing to find better and that ended up costing him his chance to make a big impression.

However, he’s managed to bag himself an incredible opportunity with Kilmarnock after operating in the lower leagues of Scottish football in recent years. That he’s now in the Premiership speaks volumes of the impact he’s made with his previous clubs too.

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Unfortunately, the step up from an Ayr United or Airdrieonians to Celtic is cataclysmic. It was never going to be easy for him after his cruciate ligament blow in particular. Not when it was coming at a time when people were beginning to talk about him.

But even so, McInroy is only 21 years of age. There remains plenty of time for him to make a big career in the game yet. Being at Kilmarnock gives him an opportunity to showcase his skills in front of a huge audience.

Hopefully he can make a success of it with Killie. He certainly deserves a break given the bad luck he’s had in his career so far.

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