Three reasons Liam Henderson’s proposed loan move to Rosenborg makes sense

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One of Celtic's promising young players has been linked with a temporary switch and it makes plenty of sense.

According to a report from the Daily Record, Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson could be about to join Norwegian side Rosenborg on loan.

At first glance it is a strange story, with the season drawing to a close and the fact that the 18-year-old has already featured 14 times for Celtic’s first-team this season.

But here are three reasons why the mooted move actually makes sense for all parties:

Deila’s knowledge of Norwegian football

Celtic manager Ronny Deila knows Norwegian football extremely well, not least because it is his homeland but also due to his previous managerial experience at Brodd and Stromsgodset.

He brought the latter their first league title in 43 years and came up against Rosenborg on plenty of occasions both as a player and as a coach.

If anyone knows which Norweigian club Henderson is best suited to, it is Deila.

Celtic’s run-in

Celtic may be five points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership but they still have plenty of work to do if they want to add another trophy or two to their recent Scottish League Cup success.

There may come a time in the final couple of matches when Henderson could get minutes but would it not be better to send him elsewhere now and ensure he gets the time on the pitch his talent deserves?

Celtic have settled on a winning formula and Deila will not want to play with that while trophies are at stake.

A prelude to next season

Henderson will no doubt be disappointed with the way the second half of this campaign has gone, but a positive spell at Rosenborg could see him return to Celtic ready to win back his starting spot.

A change of scene could be just what the teenager needs and it could give the player the extra drive for future campaigns, playing regularly and not used as a bit-part player in the interim.

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