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Thursday 28th January 2016

SPFL Wonderkid #16 - Liam Henderson

Daniel Smith from Youth Football Scotland takes a closer look at Liam Henderson's career to date and his key strengths.

This week's SPFL wonderkid is Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson who is currently in loan at Hibernian. Daniel Smith from Youth Football Scotland takes a closer look at the youngster's career to date and his key strengths.
Henderson primarily plays in the centre of midfield and the 19-year -ld is already renowned for his tough tackling and his long-range passing ability.
He has all the characteristics of a centre-mid, having set up six goals and has picked up just as many yellow cards. In between all that, he's managed to bag four goals this season, including his fantastic free-kick in Hibs 3-1 win over St Mirren last weekend.
2015 was very kind to Liam. In March, he won his first senior title when Celtic beat Dundee United in the Scottish League Cup final, coming on as a substitute for the last eight minutes. While on a brief loan spell at Norwegian giants Rosenborg, he helped them win their 23rd league title, scoring three goals in nine Tippeligaen appearances.
A month after achieving his Tippeligaen winner's medal, he received his first call-up to Scotland's under-21 team for a European Championship qualifier against Ukraine, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw alongside Hibs team-mates John McGinn and Jason Cummings.
It all started for Liam with Hibs’ arch rivals Hearts before making the move to the Bhoys in 2008. He made his senior debut in December 2013, when Neil Lennon brought him on in the final six minutes of Celtic's 5-0 thrashing of Motherwell, replacing skipper Scott Brown.
The following March saw Henderson score his first senior goal against Partick Thistle four minutes after replacing Adam Matthews in a typically dominant 5-1 victory.
Having made sporadic appearances for both Celtic and Rosenborg last season, he was rewarded with a three-year contract in August on the same day he joined Hibs on loan. It's quite clear that Celtic have lots of faith in young Liam and has the potential to be a midfield main-tay at Parkhead in the years to come.