Liam Henderson labels Tom Rogic "a genius"

By David Walton

March 20, 2019

Former Celtic player Liam Henderson has labelled Tom Rogic “a genius”.

The former Hoops midfielder had an exclusive interview with popular Celtic podcast 90MinuteCynic.

And Henderson, of course, played in the same Celtic squad as Rogic between 2013-2018 – minutes a couple of loan spells elsewhere.

Rogic, meanwhile, has been flying at the Hoops for the last several years. He’s made a total of 106 starts for Celtic and bagged 34 goals. His influence in the current Celtic team is invaluable.

Liam Henderson (second from the left) and Tom Rogic (right) played in the same Celtic team (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

And Henderson, speaking with 90MinuteCynic about his time at Parkhead, opened up on Rogic’s abilities.

“I need to give a mention to him. Tom is a genius, a genius. If you’re in a situation and you don’t know what to do with the ball, just give it to Tom because you know he’s going to keep it.

“I was really close with Jamesy, Tom, Mika, KT, Broony. They were probably the closest I was with.

“They’re all top players. But Tom’s a genius. A touch like velvet, do you know what I mean?”

Henderson flourishing in Italy

It’s fair to say that Henderson seems to be enjoying life in Italy these days. Now plying his trade with Serie B side Halles Verona, Henderson’s club are in the race for promotion.

The youth academy product made a good impact at Parkhead in his five years in senior football before leaving for Italy. Henderson managed a cool 37 appearances for the Hoops, bagging three goals. He brought plenty of energy and clever movement to Celtic’s midfield, but breaking through consistently was a difficult task.

Liam Henderson gave his all for Celtic (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

The Henderson legacy at Parkhead is revived by Liam’s brother Ewan, who’s already managed several assists in his first-team appearances.

But, going back to Rogic, Celtic fans will all be nodding in agreement at Henderson’s assessment. Rogic’s touch, general ball-control, and weight of passing can be a joy to watch. That’s what makes him so influential to this Celtic team.

He’s set to recover from injury just in time to face Rangers next Sunday. That’s an exciting thought, and one that will already be striking fear into the hearts of opposition supporters.