Did Celtic miss a trick in letting Liam Henderson leave?

By Jay Williams

October 4, 2018

Former Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson is making a name for himself in Italy after leaving the Scottish giants.

Henderson got few opportunities to prove himself at Celtic so he decided to move away.

We take a look at his time at Celtic and how he has done since to consider whether he should have stayed.

Henderson at Celtic

Liam Henderson scored three goals in 37 games for Celtic. (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Henderson joined Celtic as a teenager and rose up through the club’s esteemed academy.

In December 2013, after impressing at youth level, Henderson was handed his first-team bow.

The midfielder was 17 at the time and he appeared as a substitute against Motherwell under Neil Lennon.

Henderson played a total of eight times in the 2013/14 season, followed up by 14 more the following year.

But 2014/15 would prove to be a difficult season for Henderson, who was exiled by new manager Ronny Deila for a large chunk of the season.

In 2015, Henderson moved to Norwegian side Rosenborg on a short-term loan. This proved to be a major success as he picked up the league title and a domestic cup.

Henderson netted four times in 13 games with Rosenborg and signed a new three-year deal at Celtic when he returned from his loan spell.

For the 2015/16 season, Hibernian signed the Scotland youth international on a season-long loan deal.

Henderson was a regular for Hibs, scoring six times in 48 outings and really impressing.

But upon his return to Celtic, he was once again frozen out – this time by Brendan Rodgers.

After playing just 14 games between summer 2016 and January 2018, Henderson decided his time was up.

He had to leave Celtic for the sake of his own career.

Henderson in Italy

Liam Henderson has already scored his first goal for new club Hellas Verona. (Photo by Paolo Manzo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Henderson had a trial with Serie B side Bari and subsequently moved there on a permanent deal.

The Scotsman played 18 times for Bari and scored twice in an impressive spell. But he was soon on the hunt for another club after Bari were declared bankrupt.

Hellas Verona signed Henderson on a free transfer and he is already making waves with them.

The 22-year-old’s time in Italy has been a success and he is already impressing for his new club.

Henderson already has his first goal for the Italian Serie B side and has played seven games so far.

If he can continue to impress in Italy, perhaps he will start to prove a few people wrong back in Scotland.

The talent is undoubtedly there, but Celtic was just the wrong place at the wrong time for his development.