Date: 17th November 2020 at 6:10pm
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Over the last few days there has been a number of highly speculative stories suggesting that Dean Henderson could be a loan target for Celtic in January.

A number of publishers have run with the story giving it some credibility with the 23-year-old currently kicking his heels on the side-lines at Manchester United.

Henderson enjoyed two outstanding seasons on loan at Sheffield United, winning promotion to the EPL then earning a place in the top half when they were tipped by many for an instant return to The Championship.

It seems very far fetched to think that a move to Celtic would help kick on Henderson’s career with the hoops goalkeeper largely untested in most domestic matches.

Other factors counting against the deal are:

*Celtic spent £4.5m on a goalkeeper during the summer whose value would be written off by bringing in a loan/replacement.

*Having sold no-one during the summer and brought in six new players Celtic are far more likely to be trimming their wage bill in January than adding to it.

*Without Champions League football there is little attraction to playing in Scotland for Henderson.

*If a promising keeper with two seasons of regular first team action is available in January there are almost certain to be EPL clubs interested in Henderson.

Unless there are absolutely extraordinary circumstances involved Celtic won’t be paying out a loan fee and wages when they already have two internationalists in that position.

The original 90 Min article, on 13 November vaguely claimed:

With Premier League clubs spoken for – he has been replaced at Sheffield United by £18m summer signing Aaron Ramsdale – it could mean that Henderson may have to consider moving abroad in order to secure the playing time he needs, or perhaps even to Scotland, where Celtic is an option.

During the summer Henderson signed a new contract with Manchester United which will run until June 2025.