20-year-old not ready: Three things we learned about Celtic in win v Motherwell
By Matt Farr
Football Insider analyses three main talking points from Celtic’s 2-0 victory over Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.
20-year-old not yet cut out for regular role
Liam Henderson has performed well when called upon for Celtic this season, but he can still go up another level or two. The 20-year-old has been granted a reasonable amount of game time in the absence of the injured Stuart Armstrong, but while there have been reasons to be impressed, Henderson has not seized the chance to the best of his ability. This is by no means a criticism of Henderson’s ability. He is a good player, and one that can have a great future with the club. However, right now it is a matter of judging Celtic’s best XI and with the likes of Armstrong and Tom Rogic coming back into the first-team fray, Henderson isn’t among them. He is a player that has shown he has plenty of ideas, and he has shown in recent weeks that he is a hard-worker. However, he could perhaps improve in his execution. But that in time will come, because there is still a lot for him to learn at his age.
No end to Celtic confidence
A 24th league victory from 25 matches, 67 goals scored and 16 goals conceded; there is little that can knock Celtic off their current stride. Their impressive unbeaten domestic run has got Brendan Rodgers’ side playing with great confidence, and it is paying dividends on the playing field. They continue to play without fear and of the belief that they will not be beaten, and each week the records continue to tumble. Their victory over Motherwell was another example of their scintillating form, with each player chipping in to perform their roles expertly. They have a goalkeeper and a defence that is rarely beaten, they have a goalscorer in the form of his life (Moussa Dembele has seven goals from his last three appearances), while the midfield are dominant, energetic and never lacking that creative spark. The run will go on, and it will take something big to stop them.
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Even more to come
It’s not just an exciting time for Celtic because of their form and confidence, but because of the number of important players that could be back in action in the coming weeks. Armstrong made his return from injury with a full second-half appearance in the victory, and Celtic will love to have him back in contention. The midfielder has excelled this season, contributing nine goals and six assists from 32 appearances. Leigh Griffiths and Rogic are also nearing returns from injury, and it gives Rodgers such vast options to play with throughout the remainder of the campaign. Plus, there could be a first-team debut for Kouassi Eboue on the horizon, after the Ivorian appeared for the youth side on Friday afternoon. If this is how Celtic have been playing in their absence, imagine what is still to come when they are at full strength.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers has revealed why Leigh Griffiths did not make his return against Motherwell.