Celtic youngster Ewan Henderson yet again impressed sections of the support yesterday.
Neil Lennon decided the trophy day success against Hearts was a day to mix up the team. With key first-team players getting rest, it was a chance for players such as Henderson to shine. And to say he did that would be an understatement.
The energetic midfielder showed tremendous footwork all throughout the contest, effortlessly making space for his team-mates and playing some killer passes.
Henderson even managed yet another assist – his third of the season. But his overall display was enough to convince many Hoops fans that we’ve got a real talent on our hands here. Reacting to the display on Twitter, here’s a look at what some of the Celts said about Hendo.
Understandably a lot of praise for Mikey Johnston and wee Dembélé today but I’m convinced Ewan Henderson is a player. Would be looking to place him on a good loan for the first half of next season. 20 odd games out somewhere else better than the few he’s likely to get with us.
— Stevie Jackson (@bobby__peru) May 19, 2019
I'm so fully bought in on Ewan Henderson btw. Smashing PLER.
— Stephen A. (@CrumbsTMT) May 19, 2019
Ewan Henderson unbelievably underrated guys an absolute player
— SeanDonnelly (@sd_celtic_) May 19, 2019
Mikey Johnston & Ewan Henderson – plers
Henderson's creativity and passing in particular.
— Paddy McBride (@paddymcbride88) May 19, 2019
Ewan Henderson is a baller.
— JK (@karta_13) May 19, 2019
Ewan Henderson has a lovely weight of pass. There are others I would send on loan but I would like him to stay and get more opportunities with us next season.
— The Grand Auld Podcast (@FritzAGrandAuld) May 19, 2019
Highly, highly enthused by the future of Ewan Henderson 👏🏻
— Alan Granger (@ZeGrange) May 19, 2019
Ewan Henderson looks like he’s going to be a proper baller
— Anton Patrick (@anton_white123) May 19, 2019
Mixed views on Henderson’s next step
Judging by the opinions on social media, there appears to be no clear overwhelmingly popular opinion on the next step for Henderson. Some feel he needs to go out on loan and develop. Others believe there will be opportunities for him here next term.
It was only Henderson’s sixth appearance of the season yesterday. The reason for that has been the quality that’s performed ahead of him. In Hendo’s position, both Tom Rogic and Ryan Christie operate. Come next season if both Rogic and Christie are still here, would Henderson really get the opportunities he needs?
Even if he did make some first-team outings at Parkhead, surely he would get more game-time elsewhere with less quality vying for his spot. At this stage in his career, it’s exposure to first-team football he could be doing with.
But there’s no denying we have a serious talent on our hands here. This is a player who has impressed against the likes of Bayern Munich, PSG, and Barcelona at youth level. He’s paid his dues at that age group, and now it’s time to get Henderson some serious, first-team football.
It remains to be seen whether that happens here or elsewhere. But no matter what, he has a massive Celtic future ahead of him.