By far one of the shining lights of the season so far has been young Ewan Henderson.
Spending his full youth career at the club, Henderson has worked his way up to become in and around the Hoops first-team.
He’s won trophies at several different age levels for the youths, and has a track record of work to be proud of. But breaking into the Celtic first-team this season should definitely top the lot.
He made his debut against Kilmarnock back in May 2018, but didn’t receive his first start until the 4-1 rout of Motherwell just last month.
Henderson has impressed in all five top-team appearances this season. Even in the 0-0 home draw against Aberdeen, Henderson was one of the only players who seemed to turn up earlier this month.
He’s set up goals against St Mirren and Motherwell, and also played a huge role in Celtic taking the lead at Tynecastle in Neil Lennon’s first game.
Therefore, should worse come to worst and Tom Rogic misses out on Sunday, should Henderson be considered?
Too inexperienced? Or is it time for a breakout performance?
At face value, many would likely say he’s too inexperienced. After all, just look at Mikey Johnston’s performance at Ibrox. Johnston has the world at his feet, but failed to make any form of impact back in December.
To be fair to Henderson, however, he wouldn’t be as isolated as Johnston was. Johnston played up top in Govan, but Henderson would likely be in behind Odsonne Edouard.
He’s also shown to be lethal in his crossing, which could be hugely important against Rangers. He’s shown good ball retention and aggression in the Hoops midfield, and has generally made a promising start.
The issue Celtic have is that they have nobody to play in that number 10 role if Rogic doesn’t. Callum McGregor could potentially move forward with Nir Bitton coming in. Bitton, however, is also an injury doubt for Sunday too after dropping out of the Israeli squad.
Ryan Christie remains out, whilst James Forrest and Edouard have failed to look convincing as a number 10.
It could be the case that Neil Lennon looks to Forrest and moves Oliver Burke to the right. After all, Forrest did shine in one particular 45 minutes against Hibs at Easter Road in that same position.
But, in terms of players who can play there more naturally, the next in line would be Henderson. It would be one heck of a leap for the Celtic youngster. But, in saying that, this isn’t the best Rangers team Celtic have ever faced either. If Henderson was to play to his potential, then he could easily have a positive experience.
Let us know your opinions on the number 10 situation. Is it worth playing Henderson on Sunday should Rogic miss out? Are there other alternatives Celtic should be considering? Perhaps even a rare change of formation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.