Three Celtic youngsters could clash on live TV next week as the Premiership playoff schedule was released today.
Celtic currently have three players battling it out in the big to bag promotion for their loan clubs this season.
Ewan Henderson and Kerr McInroy are currently with Dunfermline until the end of the campaign. On Saturday, they’ll play Raith Rovers in the second leg of their quarter-final playoff tie, which is currently 0-0 on aggregate after a first-leg stalemate in Fife.
Should the Pars win at the weekend, that will set up a live TV clash against Dundee in the semis. Who would they face off against there? Celtic youngster Jonathan Afolabi, who has spent the full campaign with the Dens Park club. Both of those legs are scheduled for May 12th and May 15th and will both be screened live on BBC Scotland:
📺 – @BBCScotland – Premiership Play-off Semi-Finals, 12th & 15th May.
📺 – @SkySports – Premiership Play-off Final, 20th & 24th May.
📺 – @bbcalba – Championship Play-off Final, 18th & 21st May.
📺 – @bbcalba – League 1 Play-Off Final, 17th & 20th May.
— SPFL (@spfl) May 6, 2021
The victors would be rewarded with a mouth-watering Premiership play-off final against Ross County, Kilmarnock, or Hamilton. That will be decided after the final two games of the Premiership season conclude over the next 10 days.
Hopefully one or two Celtic youngsters will be celebrating promotion on live TV
When the likes of Henderson, McInroy, and Afolabi were sent out on loan, they would’ve had one main goal. That goal would’ve been to make an impression. Bagging promotion is certainly one way of doing just that.
But how likely are is each man feature should Dunfermline set up the tie? Well, first off, McInroy has been in and out of the starting XI for the Pars in recent weeks. He’s featured in their last four matches, but only once from the start. The same couldn’t be said of Henderson. He’s been thriving in that Dunfermline side, and has started their last six matches. He’s been bossing it recently, and played the full 90 against Raith in the first-leg [Transfermarkt].
Dundee’s Afolabi, meanwhile, doesn’t have the best chance of starting but could make an impact from the bench. The Irishman has only netted four goals in 22 appearances this season. He was an unused substitute in Dundee’s last two games, but has featured in 19 of the 27 league games he’s been available for [Transfermarkt].
So Henderson would be most likely to start the game out of the three. But there’s every chance they’ll all be on the pitch at some stage in both legs. Of course, without forgetting that Dunfermline need to see off Raith first and foremost.
Henderson and McInroy’s trip to Stark’s Park won’t be an easy one. Raith finished third in the Championship this season, but had been Hearts’ main rivals at the top for much of the campaign.
Fingers crossed the young Bhoys can see the tie through, however. It would certainly make for an intriguing tie with their fellow Lennoxtown hopeful.