Dunfermline boss Stevie Crawford "delighted" with Celtic youngster Ewan Henderson
Dunfermline boss Stevie Crawford has expressed his delight after Dunfermline were able to secure the services of Ewan Henderson last week.
Henderson left Lennoxtown on a loan deal until the end of the season. This came after he only managed three appearances for the Hoops this season.
It was a loan move that generally left Celtic supporters disappointed. Particularly given the fact that it was hoped Henderson may have been in line for some senior appearances this term.
However, instead he’s moved to the Pars, and made his debut in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Dundee. Henderson came on for the final 24 minutes. And it appears that Crawford is pleased with what he brought to the party.
Speaking to Dunfermline’s official website, Crawford said: “He is a player who has caught my eye for a number of years. We did try to get him earlier in the window in January as well. We declared an interest at that point but it wasn’t happening. We have kept at it and he is a great addition to the squad for the remaining seven games now.
“You could see his qualities when he came on the park on Saturday. He adds to the competition for places but it is not just competition for places, we need to get points and I think with the experience he has got, he will bring an edge with his play but he will also bring an edge to the other boys as well.
“He sees a pass going forward, he is not afraid to take the ball. He has good vision, knows when to get out of tight situations and also knows when to move the ball. He also knows how to ask questions, he has a great weighted longer pass as well which we saw on Saturday night. He put in a couple of crosses that had the keeper or defenders scrambling.
“I am delighted that the club have backed me on that one to bring Ewan in. He will help us over the coming games now.”
No surprises if Ewan Henderson helps shoot Dunfermline to safety
We’ve been here before with Henderson. It was the same last season when he was sent out on loan to Ross County for the season. We all thought he would’ve been in Neil Lennon’s plans. There’s a reason for that too.
Truth is, Hendo isn’t just any old academy talent. He’s not someone who’s been around the first team a while by pure luck. He trains consistently with the senior side because he has incredible potential.
But for some reason he’s not being given the opportunity to realise that at Celtic Park. All of a sudden, the attacking midfielder is now 21 years of age. He needs to be playing week in, week out season after season. He can no longer be treated as if he’s 16 or 17 and one for the future. Brendan Rodgers once said he had “huge talent” [The Herald]. It’s time to see that flourish.
Come pre-season, the new manager needs to take a good long look at Henderson. Kennedy clearly isn’t interested in doing that. Even if there’s a strong argument to say Henderson should still be around and competing for a place in our own first team.
If he arrives back from Dunfermline with rave reviews in the summer, nobody will be surprised. And it would only strengthen the idea that he’s ready to stake a claim in the Celtic team.
A promising next few months for him and he’ll be in a much better place come pre-season. Let’s see what the coming weeks bring.