Celtic youngster Ewan Henderson managed to end a near two-year assist drought at senior level with Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday.
Henderson signed for the Pars back at the end of March as he looked to kickstart his career once again. And it hasn’t taken him too long to start making an impact.
Hendo, once labelled a player with “huge talent” by Brendan Rodgers [The Herald], has featured in all four possible matches since signing for the Championship side. On Saturday, however, he secured only his second start for the club away to Ayr United.
And Henderson managed to make his mark with a fine assist. It would prove to be his first in senior football since May 2019, when he set up Mikey Johnston against Hearts at Celtic Park.
You can take a look at Henderson’s most recent direct goal contribution below, as his delivery was glanced home by Declan McManus:
Ewan Henderson assist vs Ayr United- 10/04/21 🎯 pic.twitter.com/uzksxM09Cc
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Celtic deal runs out in 2022; it’s now or never for Ewan Henderson
It hasn’t been spoken about much, but Henderson is another of the 2022 crew. His deal only has another year left to run on it after penning his most recent extension back in 2019 [CelticFC.net].
Unfortunately, since that deal was signed, it’s been a bit of a decline for Henderson in terms of first-team opportunities. Despite ending the 2018/19 campaign strongly, he was sent out to Ross County for the 19/20 campaign. There, he would only manage six starts before being recalled in January 2020 [Transfermarkt].
Yet it’s not as if Henderson, the younger brother of former Celt Liam, came back to a plethora of chances. He didn’t bag a single squad appearance for the rest of the season.
It’s been a touch different this year. Henderson was given a shock chance to shine against Lille for an hour back in December – which he did. That was then followed up with a couple of cameos against Hibernian and Livingston. These only came, of course, due to the fact most of the first-team squad had been forced into self-isolation.
Now he finds himself over in Fife looking for game-time. Thankfully he’s getting it, and at 21 it’s fair to say it’s essential for his development. He’s now at a stage in his career where constant game-time needs to be considered a necessity.
And ahead of the new manager coming in at Celtic this summer, Henderson, it seems, has one final chance to impress.