"I need to be playing"; Celtic youngster Ewan Henderson on life so far at Pars

By Euan Davidson

April 2, 2021

Ewan Henderson looked on the cusp of the Celtic first-team two short years ago.

Under Brendan Rodgers, Henderson had broken into match-day squads. Under Lennon, however, progress stalled. The younger brother of ex-Celt Liam Henderson, the current Dunfermline loanee only saw significant game-time a handful of times. Most notably, he was brought on as a make-shift wing-back against Lille in the Europa League [BBC].

Nevertheless, that was then and this is now. With John Kennedy clearly of the view that Henderson needed a temporary move, the midfield dynamo has “delighted” Stevie Crawford by joining Dunfermline Athletic.

His new home also features another Celtic youngster in Kerr McInroy, while Championship opposition also features a familiar face in Jonathan Afolabi.

Ewan Henderson, taking a throw-in / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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Making his bow in a dramatic loss against Dundee [Evening Telegraph], Henderson has spoken to Not the Old Firm about his immediate future.

He said [NTOF]:

“The boys have been good with me since I came in. I felt like Dunfermline was a massive club. I’ve known and watched them all my life and they have good players here. I knew that it would help develop my game and that is all I looked at when I signed for them.

“[I’m] at an age where I need to be playing week in week out. I just need to keep my head down, keep working hard and hopefully be playing. I knew in January that there had been contact when they tried to get me. The game time is limited at Celtic but you are playing with top class players every single day in training.

“All you can do is learn from them at a very young age which has helped me a lot in my game I would say. John Kennedy will keep an eye on me which is a positive for me. Tuesday was a tough one to take but hopefully all the lads will be able to bounce back in the next game on Saturday against Hearts with a win.”

We have every confidence Henderson will thrive in the Championship. His natural technical ability, matched with a winning attitude, will surely serve him well.

Under an ambitious young coach in Stevie Crawford, Henderson can surely only improve. His long-term Celtic future could look far better from a loan away from the club.

Just ask Callum McGregor.

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