LIAM HENDERSON reckons he will be wiser when he returns from his loan spell with Rosenborg in Norway.
The 19-year-old midfielder agreed a three-month loan deal with the Scandinavians at the end of March and has gone on to bag four goals in six appearances for the league leaders.
He said: “The gaffer phoned me when I was away with Scotland in March and said that Rosenborg would be a good place to go on loan, get the experience for three months and then be ready to come back.
“I came out with my Dad for the first four days or so and I stayed with him in a hotel. It was a really good start because everyone was really welcoming and friendly and I had a good feeling about it from the start. The people and players at the club are unbelievably friendly and welcoming and that really helped.
“I then moved into my apartment so I’m living myself for the first time. That’s a big step for me as I’m learning to cook and having to clean and stuff like that. I’m getting there.
“I think that’s all part of the experience and I’ll definitely come back more grown-up and wiser so that’s one thing to take from it. That can be good for my personal development as well as my football development.”
Rosenborg was a familiar name for Henderson, given their European pedigree and Deila’s former coaching experience in his homeland with Stromsgodset.
Henderson, speaking in this week’s Celtic View, added: “I knew they had played in the Champions League, that they’re the biggest club in Norway and they were going for the league title.
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“It’s good to go on loan from having played with Celtic who are challenging for first place all season and in every cup to come to Rosenborg who do the exact same thing. That’s very rare for a young player to go on loan to a team that are also challenging for the league and cups.
“They’re a big club and the gaffer told me they play very similarly to us in the sense that they like to keep the ball and press so he was all for it and that made me feel really good about coming here. I had no second thoughts about coming.
“I was a little nervous about the fact I was going into a changing room where I didn’t know anybody but it was made so easy by the fact that the players were so welcoming.
“Morten Gamst Pederson introduced me to everyone and he’s been brand new. We go out for food together which is great so I’ve settled in pretty well.”