I know what you are thinking, Ewan Henderson looked the part. Even more so than his brother, Liam, who also left Celtic for a loan spell at Hibs, before moving to Italy. That laser-precise pass at Tynecastle which set Celtic on their way to an important victory when Neil Lennon picked up the pieces left by Brendan Rodgers pointed to riches ahead.
Unlike many apparent teenage prodigies, Ewan never disappointed, trouble was, he did not play often enough to disappoint. All we know for sure is that Lennon did not rely on him and after six months at Lennoxtown, Ange Postecoglou has moved him on.
Hibs, managed by Shaun Maloney, who worked with the player as a Celtic youth coach, is a good move. He has a realistic chance of commanding a regular first team place in an aspirational side. Celtic released him permanently for little more than an initial loan agreement that will prevent Ewan from facing them for the remainder of this season.
With two midfielders already signed this month, it is no surprise that Ismaila Soro is set to follow Ewan out the door. For reasons that continue to perplex, MLS clubs continue to swoon around the edges of the Celtic squad, with New York Red Bulls reportedly hoping to add Ismaila to a list of former Celtic misfits that includes Patryk Klimala, Cameron Harper and Lewis Morgan, the latter moving from Inter Miami last month.
Another midfielder on the move is 20-year-old summer recruit from Sheffield Wednesday, Liam Shaw, who will spend the remainder of the season on loan at Motherwell. Liam was one of the success stories in the win over Real Betis in December. The move to Fir Park will hopefully give him an opportunity for first team football, it should also give you and me a better chance to assess his potential.
The Dundee pantomime season officially ends this week (oh yes it does) and Dundee are wondering what use they have for our on-loan panto act, Leigh Griffiths. We are short of striker talent and Ange is still new to Scotland, so may be unfamiliar with how things work. The panto season is also over in Glasgow, Leigh’s time at Celtic must also be over.
10 sleeps ’til Hibs.