CELTIC youngster Kerr McInroy admitted he was “buzzing” after agreeing a two-year deal with Kilmarnock.
The 21-year-old midfielder left Parkhead at the end of his contract with the club’s best wishes to join Derek McInnes’ Premiership newcomers.
McInroy impressed the Rugby Park gaffer while on loan at Ayr United last season and he was snapped up as soon as he became available.
It was time for the prospect to move on and the player, speaking to the Killie website, said: “I’m delighted to be here and buzzing to get the deal done in time for pre-season starting, so I’m looking forward to getting going with the boys.
ON THE MOVE…Kerr McInroy has left Celtic for Premiership rivals Kilmarnock.
“I wanted to go to a club that wanted me and play at the highest level possible. I spoke to the manager and he really wanted to get me in, so that had a big helping hand in my decision.
“I look forward to bedding in as quickly as possible and seeing how I fit in to the squad.”
Delighted boss McInnes, who led the Ayrshire club to the Championship title last season, added: “Kerr is a player we came up against last season for Ayr and we feel he can give us that nice left-sided balance in the middle of the pitch.
“He’s a good age to try and develop to get those improvements from him in our team. We’ve liked what we’ve seen from him and it’s a step up for him to play in the Premiership, so we’re pleased to get him on board.”
After the signing was announced, Celtic sent a message: “Best of luck, @kerrmcinroy7!”
McInroy had previous loan spells at Dunfermline and Airdrie before moving to Somerset Park last term.
Ange Postecoglou has every intention to revamp his squad from top to bottom in the summer and youngsters such as McInroy will not be held back if there doesn’t appear to be first-team opportunities on the horizon.
Others will follow as the Greek-Australian and his backroom squad streamline the player pool.