Report: Celtic player could leave today after visiting potential new club's training ground

By David Walton

January 4, 2022

Celtic midfielder Ewan Henderson could see his departure from Parkhead announced at some stage today, according to a report from Football Scotland.

Henderson has been told he can leave the Hoops after failing to make an impact at Parkhead [Football Scotland]. The talented youth academy graduate made his first-team debut back in 2018, but hasn’t been able to hold down a spot in the senior side ever since.

And now, Football Scotland believe his departure could be swift. They’ve reported that Henderson was actually in Edinburgh yesterday visiting the Hibernian training complex.

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The report also states that the player will be offered a three-and-a-half-year deal, with Henderson signing until the summer of 2025.

Henderson has only managed 11 appearances for his boyhood heroes. Under Ange Postecoglou, meanwhile, chances have been particularly limited [Transfermarkt]. The midfielder has only featured once this season – a dead-rubber Europa League clash against Real Betis.

His current contract at Parkhead is due to expire in 6 months. That means the Hoops are unlikely to rake in much in the way of a fee for Ewan.

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Henderson certainly impressed the supporters from time to time. In fact, even in that game against Betis last month, in which he grabbed the winner, Hendo looked particularly dynamic. You could see that he was keen to impress after being starved of football both this season and last.

But the unfortunate reality is that Celtic’s attacking line has simply evolved beyond Henderson’s capabilities. When you have the likes of Jota, Kyogo, and Liel Abada all operating in the final third, it’s difficult to see where the opportunities will arrive for Henderson.

Even in a more reserved midfield role, Celtic are absolutely packed with international quality. It’s nothing to do with a lack of ability on Henderson’s part. There’s a talented player in there that’s itching to display his attributes to the world.

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If a move to Hibernian is to come off, you can see exactly why he would jump at the opportunity. It would be a chance for him to get regular minutes at one of the biggest clubs in Scotland. A club that itself is entering a potentially exciting era under Shaun Maloney.

At 21, the brutal reality is that Henderson needs games. He’s no longer young enough to be sitting on the Celtic bench without senior matches. His breakthrough chance just isn’t on the horizon, so it makes sense to part ways.

And who knows? Depending on the player’s progress in Leith or wherever he ends up, we could see him back at Parkhead one day.

In other news, Aberdeen open talks to sign Jamie McGrath; touted as Celtic quality last April