Two of Celtic’s more promising prospects left the club on season-long loan deals in the summer, with Ewan Henderson joining Ross County and Anthony Ralston moving to St Johnstone.

The moves made sense for both players, as they were unlikely to get much first-team game time for the Hoops this season.

Both players have featured regularly for loan clubs

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Neil Lennon must have believed that regular game time would benefit the players at the current stage of their careers. To be fair, both players have featured regularly for their loan teams so far this season.

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Henderson has made seven appearances for Ross County, and Ralston has played 11 times for the Perth side. Unfortunately for Ralston, he is in the middle of a relegation battle, as St Johnstone find themselves at the bottom of the Premiership. Henderson’s Ross County look safe in mid-table for the moment.

Both players are set to return to Celtic Park at the end of the season. However, does either man have a long-term future at Celtic? You’d have to imagine that both players will find it difficult to land regular first-team football at Celtic next season.

 

Henderson will have to compete with more than a few midfields for a spot in the Celtic side. Meanwhile, Ralston now has competition in Jeremie Frimpong and Hatem Abd Elhamed for the right-back spot.

Will pair want more first-team football?

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Both Henderson and Ralston have contracts with Celtic until 2022, but you would imagine the duo will want more first-team football next season.

Neil Lennon will presumably want to keep both players at the club. Perhaps another loan move could be on the cards for the duo at the end of the season.

Celtic have a lot of players in their squad, and it is sensible to let players leave on loan for regular football. Henderson and Ralston might well return to Celtic as better players for the experience. Only time will tell if the pair will get a chance at the club when they return in the summer.

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