Henderson spotted in Celtic training video but January loan is a must

By David Walton

December 10, 2020

In a blink and you’ll miss it moment, Ewan Henderson managed to make an appearance in Celtic’s pre-match training video for tonight’s clash with Lille.

Henderson has been one of the youngsters who’s tasted first-team action in the past but seldom managed to break into the side since. This season alone, Henderson has yet to be given a minute of first-team action, instead making the bench in eight different matches.

This is despite the fact he was once looking like being the next big thing to break through at Parkhead. Brendan Rodgers brought him into the mix back i the early stages of 2019 and admitted he was “so impressed” with what Henderson had to offer (The Herald).

Rodgers gave him three outings in the first two months of 2019, but Lennon has only given him another four since. Impressively, Henderson has actually bagged three assists in those seven short outings, which suggests he has a good final ball on him (Transfermarkt).

But the youngster is apparently still indeed in the mix with the first-team despite barely getting a run out. He can be spotted in the following video, albeit briefly:

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What next for Henderson? The chances aren’t anywhere to be seen

Lennon said heading into tonight’s game against Lille that he would be looking to use the squad. This will involve David Turnbull, Ismaila Soro, and Patryk Klimala to name a few.

But even though he’s going to make big changes, or so he says, we still know not to expect Henderson anywhere near the starting XI. Nobody will even bat an eyelid if he doesn’t make the squad either. And that’s mainly because he simply hasn’t been anywhere close to regular minutes all season.

That’s not to say Henderson won’t make it in Glasgow. He showed excellent technique under Rodgers in particular and was one of the more impressive standouts in Lennon’s first game after he returned – a 2-1 win at Tynecastle. Remember his brilliant through ball to Scott Sinclair that resulted in the first goal under Neil’s second spell?

Celtic youngster Ewan Henderson alongside Scott Brown (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

At only 20 years of age, Henderson still has the world at his feet and could be a big player in Celtic’s future. But those opportunities aren’t going to come this season, and that makes a January loan move absolutely essential.

When he sees the likes of Kerr McInroy, Jonathan Afolabi, and Ross Doohan all getting moves from the academy, it must frustrate him. He’s at an age where regular football is essential now, and it’s clear he’s not a valuable part of Lennon’s plans for the time being.

A move to another Scottish Premiership should easily be doable. Don’t tell me the likes of St Johnstone, Motherwell, St Mirren, Dundee Utd etc wouldn’t be interested in seeing what a talent like Henderson has to offer. Especially considering he’s contributed directly to goals in just under half of his Hoops outings.

Hopefully, this is something we really try to push ahead with next month. Henderson’s days of bossing it at development level need to come to an end.

In other news, a Sky Sports pundit is fuming with Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond.