Deila gives reasons behind allowing Henderson to leave Celtic

Celtic Football Club

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has explained his decision to allow Liam Henderson to leave on loan.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has given the Glasgow Evening Times the reasons behind allowing Liam Henderson to leave on loan. 

Henderson moved to Rosenberg until the end of the season earlier this week, and the decision didn't receive widespread support from the Bhoys' fan-base.

Some Celtic followers felt that Henderson should have been kept at Parkhead, as he could have offered a lot to their first-team, but Deila feels his progression will be better served away from the club. 

"Liam is a very talented player. He needed games and this was a good move for him," Deila said. "We have a lot of options in midfield and he can play now until 1st July and get a lot of experience.

"It is the biggest club in Norway with high expectations. He was keen. That is what is good with Liam - he really wants to play and to develop. I was very clear to him that he not going away because I don't want him here but because I think it will be good for his development."

Despite temporarily leaving, there is great excitement about Henderson's future at Celtic and the hope will be that he comes back as an improved player.

Although the 18-year-old is not quite able to break into Deila's starting line-up at this current time, he still looks the most exciting of any player currently coming through at Parkhead. 

Henderson has already made 15 appearances for Deila's side this season and the expectation is that he will play a big part next term.

That means that his current loan spell, where he will be hoping to get a taste of regular first-team action, could be crucial to his development and set him up well for the future. 

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