Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell is hoping that Celtic prospect Ewan Henderson can make progress towards becoming a Hoops mainstay while on loan in Dingwall, BBC Scotland report.
County have taken the youngster on loan for the entire 2019/20 campaign, giving him his first taste of regular week-to-week senior action in the Scottish Premiership.
Kettlewell feels that the 19-year-old can now follow in the footsteps of Ryan Christie and push for a first-team place at the Hoops.
As quoted by BBC Scotland, he said: “When you look at the progression of Ryan Christie, for example, who had a loan spell [at Aberdeen] then came back to Celtic and has thrived, that is one of the guys that Ewan now has to go and try and displace from his position in the team.
“You are talking about the best midfielders in the country, the guys that turn it on every single week and deliver under pressure so, it is no mean feat to go and try and do that.
“But we believe, and Celtic believe, that this will give him an opportunity to try and progress his career and try and make him a guy that really sticks out amongst their group.”
Is Henderson the next great homegrown Hoops star?
It’s important to remember that there’s a long way to go with the young midfielder. There shouldn’t be too much pressure placed on his shoulders too soon.
A season off in the Scottish Highlands should give him a breathing space away from the media glare of Glasgow and Celtic Park, allowing him to solely focus on his football.
His initial appearances in the Hoops last season were certainly impressive. He managed to create three assists for his teammates in just five appearances.
The teenager looked composed beyond his years and capable of fitting right into the team, which is no mean feat given his age.
The signs are positive.
Kettlewell’s comments should certainly give fans hope he is in the right environment right now.
The County coach clearly believes in the youngster and I’m excited to see what he can achieve at the Premiership side this season.