Celtic have done terrific work to tie up Ewan Henderson on a new three-year contract.
The Hoops confirmed the deal this morning after he made only his second ever appearance against St Mirren last week. He managed to bag an assist for Timothy Weah’s goal that day and showed real invention with the pass.
But Henderson has done plenty for the development squad over the years. He’s regularly been a part of the UEFA Youth League with Celtic, taking on teams such as Bayern Munich, PSG, and Barcelona.
He’s one of a number of first-team stars to sign new deals at Celtic over the last 12 months. He follows on from the likes of Olivier Ntcham, James Forrest, Tom Rogic, and fellow academy graduate Mikey Johnston in sealing a new deal recently.
Trying to break into this Celtic side, however, is going to prove a real tough task. Henderson is primarily an attacking midfielder. Celtic, at the moment, have an embarrassing array of riches in that position.
Hendo the Humble
Celtic TV presenter Gerry McCulloch told a terrific story on Celtic TV about how Henderson refused to walk into the changing room to get players to sign his shirt. He apparently told McCulloch that he wasn’t yet a proper first-team player, and that he didn’t feel right barging in. It’s a sign of the humility the youngster has.
He’s also, of course, the brother of former Celt Liam Henderson. Liam just couldn’t make the breakthrough at Parkhead, but developed tremendously well and is now playing in Italy.
Overall, Liam made 37 appearances for the Hoops and managed three goals. Whilst Ewan will certainly have his eye on many more appearances than that, his brother certainly led the way in making an impression. Liam remains well thought of by the Celtic supporters.
But the torch has now been passed to his brother, and it’s down to him to make an even bigger impression when he gets his opportunities.