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Liam Henderson denies transfer rumours, says Deila wants him to stay

Celtic youngster Liam Henderson says he was never close to joining Hibernian on loan.

Celtic may have snapped up two midfielders on deadline day in Dundee United duo Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong, but one youngster is still sniffing around the first team.

18-year-old Liam Henderson signed from Hearts back in 2008, and has featured occasionally under manager Ronny Deila for Celtic this season.

With a well taken goal against Hamilton Academical in January, Henderson showed that he is ready to be considered as a legitimate option in the first team.

The arrivals of Mackay-Steven and Armstrong may curtail that this season though, and rumours cited in The Scotsman suggest that Hibernian wanted to take the teenager on loan for the rest of the campaign.

No deal materialised though, leaving Henderson to fight with more established players for first team football for the rest of the season.

Now, in an interview with the Scotsman, Henderson has denied talk of him leaving Celtic even on a temporary basis, saying that Deila wants him in and around the first team to aid his development.

"Not at all," said Henderson about the prospect of leaving. "The manager said he wants me to be at the club. Obviously we are pushing for all three cups and we are in the Europa League so he wants me in and around the squad so that’s a great confidence boost for me. It’s great to train with the first-team boys and continue to learn every day," he added.

With more promising displays like the one at Hamilton last month, Henderson will show Deila that he should still be in the frame - even after the signings of Mackay-Steven and Armstrong.

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