Ross County's Ewan Henderson "buzzing" with Celtic results

By David Walton

December 23, 2019

Celtic-owned Ross County midfielder Ewan Henderson has admitted that he’s “buzzing” with the results at Parkhead.

Neil Lennon’s Celtic have been blowing away everyone this season. Despite only playing 18 games in the league so far this season, the Hoops have accumulated 49 points – only five short of a maximum of 54. That’s not even including our Betfred Cup success or Europa League  last-32 qualification.

Whilst all of this has been happening, Henderson has been having his ups and downs in Dingwall. He came on for the final 11 minutes in County’s 4-0 mauling at the hands of Livingston. That was one of nine appearances he’s made so far this season (Transfermarkt).

Celtic midfielder Ewan Henderson made his debut for the Hoops last season (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

And as he spoke to the Press and Journal about his time at County so far, he also touched on Celtic and his hopes to come back and fight for a place.

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“Celtic are winning every game, which I’m buzzing for. Hopefully they will get nine in a row. It just keeps me pushing to make myself better and hopefully get myself into the team in the summer.

“I obviously look at Callum McGregor, who did really well in England, and Ryan Christie at Aberdeen. I look at them, to see how they are first pick on the team-sheet. To see what they have done is motivation for me to go back to Celtic and do that as well.”

Henderson has the right idea

Henderson is spot on to look at the likes of Christie and McGregor. When they were out on loan, not many would’ve been going on about how they deserve a run in the team. Fast forward a few years and they’re two of the undroppables.

Ryan Christie shone at Aberdeen before making the breakthrough at Celtic (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

So why can’t that be the same for Henderson within the same time-frame? He has the natural ability to become a Celtic regular, but he needs to develop more at senior level.

Henderson is clearly enjoying himself in Dingwall. That’s great to see from our own perspective. However, if he’s going to come back and fight for a place in the summer, the truth is that he needs to start doing more.

The fact is that Hendo still isn’t a first-choice on the County teamsheet. He still hasn’t managed to bag a goal or an assist with his temporary club either, and only six times has he been a starter this term.

Neil Lennon gave Henderson some early opportunities last season (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The positives for Ewan is that we know he has the mindset to play in a Celtic jersey. Last season under Neil Lennon, Henderson managed to play in high-profile matches against Hearts (x2) and Aberdeen respectively. He’s even managed a couple of assists too.

Yet he’s still to be tested over the course of a season. This first year at County is his first true test in making it as a Celtic player. So far, it’s had its ups and downs, but his focus continues to be on making sure he gets his chance at Parkhead in the long-term. You can’t buy that commitment.