Ewan Henderson’s loan deal to Ross County may have raised a few eyebrows, but it’s already looking like the right decision.
The youngster moved from Parkhead to Dingwall over the summer in search of regular first-team football. So far this season, he’s managed to achieve just that. Henderson has made six appearances for County this season, and is in a better position there than he was in the Celtic squad.
With such talented players such as Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, and Olivier Ntcham ahead of him, it was always going to be a tough ask of Hendo.
However, speaking in the Sunday Mail (20/10, page 59) this week, Henderson stated his reasons for moving to Dingwall.
“For the good of my career I needed to play games. County offered me the best chance to do that and it has gone great so far. The managers at County have been amazing for me, so positive.
“They’ve helped me on and off the pitch and been superb. The team spirit is unbelievable at County, We go for meals, go for coffee after training.
“Celtic will be watching me all the time. I’m just working hard to do as well as possible.”
Henderson needs to make the most of Dingwall spell
Henderson made the right choice in the summer. That much is undoubted. He was always going to get much more game-time in Dingwall than he would’ve done at Parkhead.
He actually managed to get a substitute appearance against Sarajevo in before he left for the Highlands. Therefore, it’s clear Lenny rates him and clearly sees real value in the midfielder.
What Henderson has to show now is that he has the quality in his locker to hurt Premiership opposition. Be it through goals or assists, he has to make a key contribution for County this season.
Ryan Christie did similar at Aberdeen. When he was sent out due to the competition currently at Parkhead, he went on to make 57 appearances in two loan spells at the Dons. However, he was directly involved in 33 goals as he bagged 15 and assisted the rest.
Reaching those kinds of numbers could be difficult for Hendo of course. Ross County don’t create the same level of chances as an Aberdeen. But they have some decent players who are experienced at Premiership level.
Henderson has to stand out from the pack if he’s to come back to Parkhead and lay down a challenge for a place in the team. Here’s hoping he manages to make that impression.