Ewan Henderson has showed enough over the past four months to merit a shot at the first-team next season. The 19-year-old has made just six appearances for the Hoops this season but they have all come since February, and they have all been pretty impressive.
The midfielder has shown that he has an eye for a pass and a terrific dead-ball delivery. Those are two traits that aren’t too common in the first-team at the moment.
He’s also shown a willingness to work hard for the team. Henderson doesn’t shirk the physical side of the game either. Just like his older brother Liam, he likes to get in and around players, making life difficult for them.
To loan or to play?
Celtic must look at each of their aspiring youngsters this summer and work out whether they are ready to play next season or whether they should be loaned out. It is crucial that these hot prospects continue to develop and to do that they must play.
Henderson has shown that he can offer Celtic something in the here and now, and for that reason he should be kept around the club next term.
Celtic only really have Tom Rogic and Henderson as two old-fashioned playmakers. The Aussie’s form has been inconsistent at best this season and that may come from a lack of competition in his position.
Henderson could put a rocket up the Hoops favourite and also take the strain off him in equal measure. It’s well known that Rogic struggles to deal with the demands of the modern game. Henderson could help spread the load and make sure the Australian is at his fittest and most motivated when he plays.