Liam Henderson reveals what Ronny Deila told him before Rosenborg loan move

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Ronny Deila has urged Liam Henderson to make the most of his loan spell with Rosenborg.

Liam Henderson has spoken to Celtic's official website about his loan move to Rosenborg, and revealed how manager Ronny Deila pushed him to make the move to Norway.

Henderson, 18, joined Celtic from Hearts back in 2008, and the midfielder has made 13 appearances this season, scoring once in a 2-0 win at Hamilton in January.

Yet after the signings of Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven in January, Henderson has seen first-team opportunities limited, reduced to the sidelines for the second half of the season.

In a bid to continue his development, Celtic have sent Henderson out on a three-month loan to Norwegian side Rosenborg, in a move which may have been engineered by manager Ronny Deila.

Deila, a Norwegian himself, managed in his homeland with Stromsgodset before moving to Celtic last summer, and will be very familiar with what Rosenborg can do.

In an interview with the Celtic official website, Henderson confirmed that he had a discussion with Deila before making the move, and revealed that his manager had encouraged him to make the move to Norway until the summer.

"The gaffer says I should go and it would be good for me to go and play games and I’m looking forward to doing that," said Henderson. "The manager was really positive about it when he spoke to me and I felt exactly the same when he told me about it. I’m delighted it’s been finalised and I’m excited about going over and playing."

"The manager says they look to play the same style as us – passing and pressing - and I can’t wait to get over there and start training with Rosenborg and see where it takes me," he added.

Henderson will therefore rejoin Celtic in June ahead of the pre-season friendlies, and Deila will be hoping that a spell in Norway can help Henderson develop ahead of next season, where he may be expected to contribute in the first-team.

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