Away from the controversy over Motherwell’s goal at Celtic Park, the debut of Ewan Henderson was somewhat overlooked.
The 18-year-old has made a couple of substitute appearances but starting an SPFL match with Celtic’s lead at the top down to five points was a real vote of confidence from Brendan Rodgers, who was without Scott Brown and Callum McGregor in the centre of midfield.
Henderson teamed up with Nir Bitton and put in an outstanding performance full of many highlights. His passing and awareness was recognised by fans and team-mates alike as Celtic enjoyed a 4-1 victory despite making five changes to the side that impressed against Valencia.
There was no need to put a minder alongside the academy kid as he played a full part in the victory including the low driven cross for Odsonne Edouard to head in the second goal.
After Motherwell pulled back a goal Henderson kept a cool head despite the emotions all around, with Celtic scoring two late goals to restore their eight-point lead at the table’s summit thanks to a 4-1 victory.
There will be bigger tests ahead for Henderson but after Sunday, Rodgers knows that he has another in-house talent to work with alongside Kieran Tierney, James Forrest and Callum McGregor.
Here’s a look at how Celtic fans reacted to his performance on Twitter…
The people in the know have been raving about Ewan Henderson for years. What a debut that was yesterday, against a mob that don’t stand on ceremony and kick anything that moves. The amount of players we have that have came through the academy is brilliant. Long may it continue.
— ERL (@r_kilday) February 25, 2019
Don’t want to jump to conclusions, but Ewan Henderson is the best football player in the World.
— Adam☘️ (@adthelad57) February 25, 2019
Congratulations to Ewan Henderson on receiving the Man of the Match award, on his first start for the First Team, in today’s 4.1 victory v Motherwell.
ONE CLUB SINCE 1888? pic.twitter.com/EAZQo82GD7
— Celtic FC Academy (@CelticFCAcademy) February 24, 2019
Ewan Henderson…. yet another product of our youth system making an impact on the top flight. Epic. #celticfc
— Connor McQuade (@ConMcQ) February 24, 2019
Ewan Henderson looked like he has been playing regularly in that team all season the day, hopefully the start eh something good
— Shug (@_SeanM1967) February 24, 2019
Ewan Henderson what a full debut, best man on the park. Take a bow son. Hey Joe @videocelts it was only after you and I discussed Ewan recently that his luck has changed. It’s down to us mate. pic.twitter.com/x2KgWF5MlC
— St.Anthony (@Stephen4_2) February 24, 2019
Quality performance from Ewan Henderson today, looks a player #CELMOT
— David (@Dave67Hood) February 24, 2019
Can see Ewan Henderson developing into a better player than his brother
— rhys minnock (@rhysminnock) February 24, 2019