The likes of Celtic loanee Ewan Henderson and Dom Thomas shone on Saturday – and Dunfermline manager Stevie Crawford says their contributions could be vital in the Scottish Championship.

Thomas bagged two assists while Celtic loanee Henderson scored his first senior goal alongside Hibs talent’s Fraser Murray’s strike on Saturday. The Pars beat Queen of the South 3-1 as Crawford’s team moved back into the promotion play-off places.

The Celtic loanee shone for Dunfermline.

The Celtic loanee shone. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Henderson’s first goal since arriving from Celtic has been praised while Dunfermline manager Crawford is calling for Thomas to continue his form: “Goals from midfield help. Fraser (Murray) coming on, he has goals in him. That was Ewan Henderson’s first senior goal and he has made an impact since coming in.

“He is a boy who will want to take the ball in difficult circumstances. He will put his foot on it, he will take the ball and he is not frightened to play a pass to create opportunities for others. On the other side, the work rate and determination from the team was more like us. That is what we are going to need for the last two games.

“I do know that is hard to bring consistency when you are that type of player. People will see that and then sometimes ask ‘why can’t you get to those levels more often’? That is not a criticism of Dom, they are a dying breed in Scottish football.

“I did say that with the performance against Hearts we could have taken all three points but it didn’t materialise that way. We went down to Ayr United, took a point and possibly could have taken all three that day as well and against Dundee, albeit was quite an open game and we had a spell in the second half when we were under the cosh.”

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