Former Celtic man Liam Henderson deserved call up

By Connor Gordon

October 14, 2019

Former Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson should have been part of the latest Scotland squad.

The older Henderson is becoming the forgotten man since his career switch to Italy. Playing in Serie A and regularly should have been enough to get Steve Clarke’s attention.

With other fringe players getting a chance, Henderson is unlucky to have missed out.

Steve Clarke overlooks former Celtic starlet Liam Henderson

With Scotland’s chances of qualification through the Euro group stages dashed, Clarke used the last two games to experiment.

Steve Clarke is looking at other players for Scotland call ups. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Players such as Lawrence Shankland, Mikey Devlin, Declan Gallagher and Stuart Findlay got the call.

However, there were perhaps others such as Henderson who would have expected their phone to ring.

Henderson was part of the Hellas Verona side who achieved promotion to Serie A through the play-offs last season. He has made three appearances in the Italian top flight and one in the Coppa Italia.

The 23-year-old hasn’t really had a look in with Scotland but is more fitting than others for his chance.

Unfortunately, the current national squad is loaded with midfielders and top ones as well.

Liam Henderson in action for Hellas Verona in Serie A. (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)

But, everything should be tried and tested including Henderson.

One criticism that follows Scotland is that players are picked because of their league or club. Henderson is perhaps unlucky in that regard as he is continuously overlooked.

Will his brother be the Scotland star after all?

Henderson’s younger brother Ewan is still at Celtic, but is out on loan with Ross County.

Saturday’s visitors to Parkhead are unbeaten whenever Ewan is in the team. Sadly, he will not wear the blue of County on Saturday and must sit out due to being a loanee.

Will Ewan Henderson eclipse his older brother? (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

High hopes are on the young Henderson to perhaps eclipse his brother and make it at Celtic and Scotland. Ewan will know he has a lot of work to do but the Hoops faithful are impressed by the attacking midfielder.

Hopefully on his return, a spot will be filled by Ewan which he will make his own. He is the type of player who will get a steady run in the team and not lose his place.

Henderson just needs to bide his time and work hard to realise this opportunity.