Celtic youngster Ewan Henderson seals loan move to Dunfermline Athletic; called "huge talent" by Rodgers

By Euan Davidson

March 26, 2021

Celtic midfielder Ewan Henderson has joined Dunfermline Athletic on loan for the rest of the season.

The brother of Liam Henderson, Ewan looked like breaking into the first-team back in 2019, but has found opportunities hard to come by. He joins Luca Connell in sealing a move to an SPFL side for the remainder of 20-21.

In an official statement, Dunfermline Athletic spelt his name wrong twice:

“The Celtic attacking midfielder joins on loan until the end of the season.

“We would like to thank Celtic for their help and support in allowing Ewan to join us. We will hear more from Euan as he meets the press at the start of next week.”

It’s a big opportunity for the excellently-named 20-year-old. In 2019, Brendan Rodgers said he was “impressed” by the youngster, but Neil Lennon has only used him prominently once this season, as a sub against Lille in December [BBC]. The now-Leicester City boss said of Henderson [Herald]:

“If you look at Ewan Henderson coming into the game the other night, I have been so impressed with him as a player. He is working on his intensity in the game in terms of his pressing.

“This is something you have always got to get into young players. They have to understand it is not just about looking good, you have to be aggressive.

“He is a huge talent but it is maturation and sometimes that may mean going out of here. But the talent is there absolutely.”

Battler: Ewan Henderson / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Celtic will be hoping for big returns on Ewan Henderson and other youth talents

It’s almost annoying how well some of Celtic’s loanees have played this season. Marian Shved has turned his career around in Belgium, as has Jack Hendry, who started for Scotland last night. Jonathan Afolabi has had a mixed spell in Dundee, Bayo has impressed in flashes in France, while Ewan Otoo, Luca Connell and Barry Coffey have been decent in the early stages of their loan moves.

A versatile midfielder, Ewan Henderson deputised as a right-wing-back in the Europa League against Lille, performing capably. His game is more about attacking in central areas, however.

Henderson will need to improve on an indifferent recent loan spell at Ross County. The youngster only made 9 league appearances, playing just under 500 minutes all in [Transfermarkt]. His confidence might be shaken, so a spell at the Championship’s third-placed side might do his game wonders.

There’s clearly potential there.

But Henderson has got to act on it. There won’t be too many more chances for him at Celtic, otherwise.

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