Henderson and McInroy: The forgotten young Celtic duo out of contract in 2022

By Euan Davidson

September 8, 2021

It may sound a bit premature to talk about out of contract players for 2022, but Celtic need to decide what their plans are for young duo Ewan Henderson and Kerr McInroy.

Having come through the Celtic Academy together, the two are firm friends, who spent the latter part of 20-21 at Dunfermline Athletic. Both did reasonably well, with Henderson in particular showing flashes of creativity.

Another transfer window has come and gone, however. While McInroy and Henderson both trained with the Celtic first-team this pre-season, neither seem that bit closer to the first-team.

Both of their contracts run out in the summer of 2022. At 21, this is a pivotal time for the duo at Celtic.

Kerr McInroy has at least played in the Green and White this season, albeit in the B Team [Sky Sports]. The former Reserve captain wore the armband for Tommy McIntyre’s side in a cup loss to Greenock Morton.

Henderson, meanwhile, was used to some degree in pre-season matches but there seems to be something blocking him from the first-team. Although Postecoglou will be keen to use as much of his squad as possible, rare appearances don’t develop players to a significant degree.

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Celtic need a plan for 2022 out of contract duo McInroy and Henderson

The question is: are either good enough? It’d be genuinely interesting to see Kerr McInroy playing for Celtic’s first-team competitively.

He’s been at the club that long that coaches have to see something in the youngster. His performances at Dunfermline suggested he’s a solid defensive midfielder who can pass the ball well, and is solid enough in the tackle.

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Ewan Henderson’s career arc is similarly frustrating, if not more so. He looked more than ready when Brendan Rodgers gave him chances.

Neil Lennon used him in Europe, in an unfamiliar right wing-back role against Lille, and he was excellent.

So, what’s stopping them? Yes, Celtic now have a very decent and deep squad, but in central midfield we’re possibly lacking one or two more bodies.

Could McInroy and Henderson be those bodies? The club need to figure that out soon, or risk losing them both for nothing.

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