Celtic gave a rare debut to one of their young prospects on the last day of the season, when 18-year-old Ewan Henderson appeared as a second-half substitute against Aberdeen.
He only played eight minutes of football but no doubt it was a big deal for the player, whose brother Liam recently left the Hoops for Bari.
When it comes to young players, the danger is that they don’t get enough playing time, and have to be sent out on loan.
Indeed the Hoops have done that last season, sending the likes of Anthony Ralston and Jamie Lindsay went out on loan.
However, Henderson should not go on loan, and there is a very good reason why.
The teenager is an attacking midfielder by trade, and if he wants to learn how to become one of the masters of that position, there is a player at Celtic he can learn from – Tom Rogic.
The Hoops’ mercurial midfield genius is going to be at the Hoops for a few years to come, after recently signing a new long-term contract, and he seems the ideal figure to act as a mentor for Henderson.
Brendan Rodgers must think highly of the player, or he wouldn’t have given him a first-team debut, and if he is decent prospect right now think of how good he could be after a few years guidance by Rogic.
Perhaps by the time Rogic eventually leaves the Hoops, Henderson will have the know-how to become his natural replacement in the side.
This might not be the normal thing to do, but Rogic is so talented the Hoops should utilise his talent as often as they can, and one of those talents should be mentoring Henderson.
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