Date: 9th December 2018 at 7:40pm
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Ewan Henderson is in a contract stand-off with Celtic.

The midfielder made his top team debut last season against Kilmarnock as a late substitute but hasn’t committed himself beyond his current contract which expires in May 2019.

Scotland’s ‘unique’ development system is at the heart of the problem with Celtic’s reserve side only playing 10 games so far this season- with just 11 more to come.

With a Reserve League consisting of 17 matches there is a serious lack of games for players to develop their talents.

The Glasgow Cup, Reserve Cup and Irn-Bru Challenge Cup offer additional games but typically The Glasgow Cup offers three group matches with every club ensured of reaching the semi-final stage!

Ewan watched the haphazard way that his older brother went out on loan to Rosenborg and Hibs then stalled for 18 months back at Celtic before moving on to join Bari in January.

Concerned that his own career could go in the same direction he has resisted the offer to sign a new contract with Celtic.

From January he will be able to sign a pre-contract deal elsewhere with a number of English clubs willing to pay a development fee to bring the midfielder into their set up.