Celtic must’ve been pondering the decision to recall Ewan Henderson for some time.

Truth be told, it never worked out for the young attacker during his loan spell at Ross County.

There were hopes that the move to the Highlanders would give Henderson a taste of regular first-team football, in the same league we play our matches.

Ewan Henderson playing for Celtic

Ewan Henderson playing for Celtic (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Of course, the pressure would be massively lessened at Ross County – but that would be beneficial for Henderson who could play with a sense of freedom that is often hard to find in your early days at Celtic.

Celtic can now keep a closer eye on Henderson

But after making just nine league appearances in five months, Henderson has been recalled back to Lennoxtown. And the club deserve huge credit for doing so.

It would have been easy for them to leave the youngster up in Dingwall and make him battle for his place.

 

But when he’s only played 47 minutes combined in County’s last eight matches, you get the feeling that his proper chance wasn’t going to come.

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Celtic midfielder Ewan Henderson

Celtic midfielder Ewan Henderson (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Instead we can have him back in Glasgow and keep a close eye on him as he trains with both the first-team and the development squad.

Quite often, it’s about cutting your losses when something isn’t working. Celtic have done just that with Henderson.

Not every loan spell is going to be the kind of one enjoyed by Callum McGregor or Ryan Christie.

Often they just don’t work out. And there’s no harm in admitting that.

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