Celtic youngster Ewan Henderson is hoping to earn more minutes in the Bhoys first-team this season, speaking to club outlet The Celtic View this week (Vol 56, issue 8, page 20).
Henderson first burst into the senior side at the very end of Brendan Rodgers’ reign and would go on to play more when Neil Lennon first returned to the management role.
In total, he’s made nine appearances, five of which have been starts.
However, he hasn’t played competitively for Celtic since a last-minute cameo against Sarajevo in qualifying last summer and the decision was made to send him out on loan to Ross County.
The 20-year-old made just a handful of appearances in the Highlands and has since returned to Lennoxtown, training with the first-team every day after taking part in pre-season preparations.
He is now looking for an opportunity in Lennon’s side.
As quoted by The Celtic View (Vol 56, issue 8, page 20), Henderson said: “I feel really good right now. Going away with the first team and playing against some really good opponents was great and I feel better for it.
“I thought I did well and I’m feeling fit so I’ll be raring to go whenever I’m called on.
“I just need to work hard to impress the manager. Neil Lennon is a top quality manager and he knows the club inside and outside. He’s been excellent for me and I love working under him.
“For the rest of the season, I’m hoping to play as many games as possible for Celtic and see what happens from there.”
Henderson’s contract doesn’t expire until the summer of 2022 so he has plenty of time to make an impression and earn himself a Celtic future.
He’s looked impressive in most of his appearances to date and I’d be a big fan of giving him more opportunities in the Bhoys midfield, perhaps giving the likes of Ryan Christie a bit of a competition.
We are well stocked with talent in the central areas but, hopefully, the manager can find chances for youngsters like Henderson when the squad is in need of rotation.
If he isn’t going to be in Lennon’s plans at all then the decision to send him out on loan would be best again this season, especially with no reserve or development matches on the horizon.