Liam Henderson’s move from Hellas Verona to Empoli may be a drop-down from Serie A to Serie B, but for the player himself it’s a fresh start.

Henderson completed his move to Empoli earlier this month. It came after only making five appearances for Verona during the first half of the season. Indeed, Henderson had only been given three starts this term, and it was clearly time for pastures new (Transfermarkt).

Former Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson (Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images)

The former Celtic academy graduate made his debut for his new club on Friday in a 1-1 draw with Chievo Verona. He was given the full 90 minutes too as he looks to make his mark in Italy’s second-tier.

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Henderson posted on his social media yesterday to mark his debut with the phrase “New Challenge”. And some Celtic fans have been quick to react. Here’s a look at what some have been saying about his move:

 

Henderson at a big stage in his career

There’s no denying that Henderson’s first taste of Serie A ultimately proved to be disappointing. For one reason or another Verona just didn’t give him a chance to stay in the side. It would’ve been interesting to see what he could’ve done had he been given a run.

Regardless, he now finds himself at Empoli and at a key stage of his career. At 23, he’ll be looking to really kick on and try to make himself a Serie A regular in the coming years.

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Unfortunately, Henderson isn’t at one of the favourites to achieve promotion this season. Empoli sit 16th in Serie B, and don’t look like mounting a push in the second half of the season with only five wins in 21 games. However, with only 11 points separating them and second place, it’s still a tight division.

Former Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson

Liam Henderson at Hellas Verona (Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images)

From the moment Henderson left Celtic for Italy on a permanent basis, many of us would’ve had our eyes on whether he would be able to return in the future. So far, he’s had spells with Bari, Hellas Verona, and now Empoli respectively. So he’s racking up quite the experience.

But he’s only managed four appearances in Italy’s top league throughout his two-year spell there so far. A positive second half of the season with Empoli should hopefully provide a catalyst for him to head back to Verona and win his place back.

For now, however, his move to Serie B marks a new challenge in a league he’s both familiar with and has success in. Here’s hoping it all works out for our former academy star.

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