By Alex McLeish

19th Nov, 2020 | 7:00am

McLeish Exclusive: Celtic can make big statement by signing 'Fabulous' 23-yr-old in Jan

Signing Dean Henderson on loan from Manchester United in January would be a “very strong statement” from Celtic, according to Alex McLeish.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland manager has raved over the “fabulous” goalkeeper after his “fantastic” season at Sheffield United last year.

As reported by 90Min, Manchester United are ready to sanction another loan move in January and Parkhead has emerged as a potential destination for the 23-year-old shot-stopper.

It is said Henderson is desperate to leave Old Trafford temporarily after England boss Gareth Southgate told him he will not be considered as the Three Lions’ first-choice goalkeeper if he is not playing at club level.

McLeish has emphasised the importance of a top-quality goalkeeper and admitted that the Manchester United man would be a superb capture for the Bhoys.

McLeish told Football Insider: “Yeah, he’s quite special. From the footage I saw of him from the whole of last season he was at a fabulous level.

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“His team actually had a great season built on the back of some fantastic work by him. That’s what they say about a goalkeeper, they can save you, a good club goalie, 10 points a season, an international goalie 15 points a season, a world-class goalie, 20-odd points a season.

“These are the numbers that these goalkeepers, along with the coaches, strive to make and that, for me, would be a very strong statement.”

Summer signing Vasilis Barkas has been dropped in favour of Scott Bain in recent weeks by Neil Lennon after a number of unconvincing displays between the sticks.

The Hoops failed to re-sign Fraser Forster from Southampton during the off-season, while they also allowed Craig Gordon to leave on a free transfer.

In other Celtic news, a Football Insider pundit expects the Bhoys to sign a “big name” to replace 26-year-old.