Liam Henderson pinpoints one key difference between Italy and Scotland

By Hamish Carton

June 22, 2019

Liam Henderson has opened up on one major difference between Scotland and Italy. The former Celtic youngster switched his home country for a warmer climate last year.

He has since played both Bari and Hellas Verona, and recently won promotion to Serie A with the latter. However, it’s not all been singing and dancing as Henderson looked back to a more hostile time when things weren’t going well.

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“The ultras are interesting”, he told the Daily Record.

“In Scotland, the players are protected from the fans but it’s not like that in Italy.

“We played at Lecce, about as far away from Verona as you can get, and we lost. The fans were waiting for us at the airport as we got off the bus. It wasn’t aggressive, they were just saying they believed in us but we needed to give a bit more.”

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A shining example

Henderson deserves enormous credit for the short career he has had so far. The midfielder clearly doesn’t lack desire given the fact he’s played in Norway and Italy as well as Scotland.

The 23-year-old showed guts by moving abroad and has since seen the rewards after last season’s success. Good things seem to happen with Henderson wherever he goes. He won a double when on loan at Rosenborg in 2015 and was also part of the Hibernian side that ended a 114 year drought by winning the 2016 Scottish Cup.

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Not all Celtic youth graduates go on to star for the club but examples like Henderson just show that the academy is doing its job. The Scotsman is living the dream out in a foreign country and is prepared to enjoy every second of it.