Talented young midfielder Liam Henderson has agreed a loan deal with Norwegian top-flight side Rosenborg until the end of the season as Ronny Delia’s second season plan for Celtic kicks into gear.
The 18 year old, who has played 22 times for the Hoops first team since making his debut last season, was snapped up by boss Kare Ingebrigtsen on the final day of Norway’s transfer window.
Henderson played for the Scotland Under-19 side in their 1-1 draw with Croatia in Austria today, when the young Scots narrowly failed to qualify for the UEFA European U-19 Championship.
Ingebrigtsen was delighted to tie up the young playmaker. He said: “Liam has huge potential and both Ronny Deila and Stefan Johansen speak very highly about him.
“He is a young, ambitious, hard-working boy with a strong will to win and experience of playing in front of 60,000 spectators, so he knows what the pressure of expectation is.”
Celtic are looking to have Henderson back raring to go as Celtic plan to avoid European misadventure in the summer. With Henderson back from active duty in Norway he will be joining a first team squad which will be preparing at Lennoxtown rather than on some pointless European tour.
Another change from Celtic’s usual summer formula could be in the timing of new arrivals. Previously new recruits tended to arrive too late to make a difference whereas Deila seems determined to get his new signings in as soon as possible as he aims to take his side into the Champions League and avoid any banana skins.