Has Ewan Henderson rejected a new contract at Celtic?

By David Walton

December 10, 2018

Celtic could be in a contract stand-off with youngster Ewan Henderson, according to VideoCelts.

The brother of former Celt Liam has apparently turned down a new deal at the club. This means that his existing contract is still in place, but it expires in May 2019.

Henderson has so far made one top-team appearance for the Hoops. He came on as a late substitute against Kilmarnock last season, but hasn’t come close to earning any further opportunities since.

Ewan Henderson has never played for the top-team at Parkhead (David Goddard/Getty Images)

According to the source, Henderson is concerned that his career could go the way of his brother. Liam spent five years as a first-team member at Celtic having come through the youth system. Despite having two successful loan spells at Rosenborg and Hibernian respectively, Henderson only managed 37 first-team appearances at Celtic.

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Now plying his trade with Bari in Italy, Liam’s career hasn’t taken off the way it should’ve done.

Ewan doesn’t want to follow Liam

Now his brother Ewan apparently finds himself wanting to avoid all of that. With a batch of English sides willing to pay the development fee for him in the summer, Henderson has a huge decision to make.

Brendan Rodgers appears to rate Henderson, who’s only just 18-years of age, but chances are limited in Celtic’s talented first-team squad.

Liam Henderson spent five years at Celtic but couldn’t make the grade (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Considering Henderson is primarily an attacking central midfielder, you have to wonder where the chances are going to come from. Celtic have Tom Rogic and Ryan Christie thriving in those roles, with Callum McGregor also in terrific form.

Henderson has a long way to go before he reaches those levels, and it appears he isn’t willing to stay and fight.

This wouldn’t particularly be much of a blow to Celtic. It would’ve been nice for supporters to see how Henderson developed in the long-term, but having him isn’t essential.

Instead, however, it looks like the youngster may be looking to move on in the summer and get some regular first-team action.