Report: How Shaun Maloney plans to use Celtic man Ewan Henderson

By Euan Davidson

January 3, 2022

Former Celtic favourite and Hibs boss Shaun Maloney has identified where he wants Celtic man Ewan Henderson in his side, according to a report.

The Scotsman state that Maloney, now the Hibernian manager, wants Henderson in the no.10 role, although he can of course play in a variety of positions. Henderson has played for Celtic as a right wing-back, a central midfielder, a striker and off either wing. However, he’s had limited opportunities in the Hoops, and a move to Hibs looks likely.

Henderson was coached by Shaun Maloney at youth level for Celtic.

Now, the ex-Belgium assistant wants the high-energy utility man in his first-team. Henderson has only made one appearance for the Bhoys this season, making a telling intervention against Real Betis in the Europa League.

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The report states that Maloney is intent on using Henderson behind the strikers, which should indicate the kind of shape he wants his Hibees side to line up in longer term.

With Hibs struggling to get the best out of their very decent attacking talents, it appears Maloney has a plan.

Utilising the energetic Ewan Henderson behind either a front two or solo striker, Hibs will become less reliant on Martin Boyle on the right.

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Perhaps it was a lack of positional solidity that stalled Ewan Henderson at Celtic; Hibs move will help

It seemed as if Celtic never really knew what to do with Ewan Henderson. Sure, he could play plenty of different positions. However, it was his lack of a primary function that perhaps left Brendan Rodgers, Neil Lennon and Ange Postecoglou a bit confused.

After all, it’s a gamble. What if a player was meant to shine as a winger, and you’ve trained them as a number 10? Or vice versa? Youth development comes with all sorts of quandaries. If a player can’t decide for himself where he’s best suited, it can be a hinderance.

What’s a shame, though, is that Celtic look as if they’ll let go of the youngster. With his brother embarking on a genuinely interesting career trajectory since leaving Celtic, it remains to see if the same will happen for Ewan Henderson.

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Being coached by a guy like Shaun Maloney can only help, though. Especially as a number 10. Consider the talent Maloney has worked with in the Belgium set-up. His advice could be incredibly valuable.

Any move is yet to come to fruition. However, it seems like a no-brainer where Henderson and Hibernian are concerned. As for Celtic, he’s hardly been catching Ange’s eye.

Playing in his best position, under a fantastic coach like Maloney, seems too good an opportunity to turn down.

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