Celtic youngster Ewan Henderson has revealed what Neil Lennon said to him prior to his recent departure.
The 19-year-old talent switched Glasgow for Dingwall earlier this week after he sealed a season-long loan move to Ross County.
Henderson is just one of many Celtic players to have been loaned out this summer, with Anthony Ralston and Ross Doohan two other examples.
However, the youngster seems to be held in pretty high regard at Celtic Park, and there are real hopes that the loan move to the Premiership side could be of great use to him.
“Neil Lennon said it was a chance for me to develop and then come back to challenge for a first-team place,” Henderson said. (Scottish Sun)
“I just need to get my head down and work hard. Ryan Christie went out on loan and did unbelievably well at Aberdeen, so it shows what can be achieved.
“I’m buzzing about the move. It’s a good chance for me to play regular first-team football.”
Lennon clearly rates Henderson highly
Henderson is certainly saying all the right things. You just get the feeling that the move may turn out to be extremely beneficial for him. He’s going to be playing at a good level in a team who do try to play football in the right way.
He should play a pretty big part for County this season and that can only be a good thing for both the club and the player.
He is right to highlight the example of Ryan Christie. The Scotland international probably wouldn’t have been able to break into the Celtic team last season had he not already played some high pressure matches for Aberdeen.
The hope is that Henderson will enjoy a really beneficial apprenticeship over the next nine months or so. If he can return to Celtic as a more polished product then there’s no reason why he can’t push for starts next season.