Ewan Henderson will hope he's given same Celtic chance as his brother

By Hamish Carton

June 15, 2019

Ewan Henderson will hope that he’s afforded the same Celtic opportunity as his brother this coming season. Serie A bound Liam has forged a career for himself in the game after making his original breakthrough at Celtic Park.

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The 23-year-old has enjoyed spells in Norway and Italy during an adventurous career. He’s now gearing up for a season in the Italian top-flight with recently promoted Hellas Verona, but he’s likely to keep an eye on what’s going on in the east end of Glasgow.

That’s because his younger brother Ewan is about to chance his luck at getting into the Celtic first-team.

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The younger Henderson made his Celtic debut from the bench in a meaningless league match against Kilmarnock in 2018. The midfielder played just eight minutes and had to wait eight months for his next opportunity.

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It came against St Mirren in January of this year. Henderson came on with 20 minutes to go and supplied the final goal in the 4-0 win. From then on he became a bit of a short-term regular, playing four more games before the end of the season, all from the start.

He was the architect for the first goal of Neil Lennon’s second tenure – a James Forrest strike at Tynecastle. He also laid on a goal for fellow youngster Mikey Johnston in a reverse fixture against the Jambos.

Henderson will take encouragement from the fact that Neil Lennon gave his brother such a good chance at the club. Lennon gave the older Henderson his debut at 17, proving that he is willing to give youth a chance.

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It’s a big season for the youngster to try and make an impact. He’ll have been given confidence by the news of David Turnbull’s contract talks breaking down. The likely sale of Olivier Ntcham will also give him added belief. Henderson may be about to move up the pecking order.