Signing David Turnbull could limit Ewan Henderson's opportunities

By Hamish Carton

May 31, 2019

If Celtic do stump up the money and sign David Turnbull this summer then it could have an adverse effect on one of our most exciting youth prospects.

Ewan Henderson has featured precious little since making an initial surge into the first team in February. The 19-year-old started two of Neil Lennon’s first three matches and then was only seen once more throughout the rest of the season.

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Henderson clearly possesses quality. His through pass for Scott Sinclair in our counter-attack goal at Tynecastle was sublime while his return ball for Mikey Johnston against the same opposition was also a joy to watch.

The playmaker has something to offer but needs to be playing regularly. Any deal for Turnbull could severely hamper his chances of doing so.

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Should Celtic show faith in youth?

There’s an argument that there’s no need to sign Turnbull when we have a player like Henderson on our books. Unnecessarily limiting our own youngster’s chances of first-team football may not be the most clever move.

However, Celtic shouldn’t refrain from signing Turnbull just because of Henderson. The players are the same age but the Motherwell man does seem to have matured quicker. He played the vast majority of the Steelmen’s season last year and netted 16 goals. Henderson is yet to score one for Celtic.

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If the Hoops academy graduate is going to make it as a player then he’ll have to fight off competition at some stage of his career. Mollycoddling him would do no good. Celtic could have two stars of the future if they sign Turnbull and keep Henderson. There’s no reason why both can’t exist in a future team.