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Dean Henderson told he needs more game-time by Gareth Southgate as shock January loan looms large

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson could be set for a shock January loan to Celtic after England manager Gareth Southgate insists he needs more game-time in order to become the country’s number-one ahead of next year’s Euros.

Henderson, 23, joined United’s highly-rated youth academy in 2011 and has since enjoyed several successful loan moves including spells with Stockport, Grimsby Town, Shrewsbury and most notably two-years with Sheffield United.

Henderson’s most recent loan spell with Chris Wilder’s Blades saw the Englishman play an integral role in not only helping the Red and Whites back to England’s big-time but also ensured they stayed there the following season.

However, now back with United’s first-team, Henderson recently put pen-to-paper and signed a new long-term deal which saw the English shot-stopper commit his future to the Reds, as per Sky Sports.

Despite Henderson’s continued inspired form, his recalling to the squad’s first-team has prompted number-one David De Gea to step it up a notch as the Spaniard continues to recapture some of his best form.

De Gea’s reignited form has seen Henderson struggle for consistent game-time and according to 90min, United’s back-up keeper has been told by Southgate that he would already be England’s first-choice in between the sticks if he had secured more playing-time.

It is understood that in order for Henderson to force compatriot Jordan Pickford out of the country’s number-one jersey, he will need to leave United on loan before the Euros next year begin.

90min’s report claims that a shock contender to take Henderson on loan is Celtic with an unnamed source reportedly telling the outlet: “United appreciate Henderson staying put but they know he is now being held back and needs another loan, although that may not be easy but they are willing to work hard on securing him a move.”

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