Celtic boss Ronny Deila gives honest appraisal of teenager Liam Henderson

Celtic U-20s

Celtic's manager has reflected honestly about one the club's next generation.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has been speaking to the Daily Record about the Bhoys’ teenage midfielder Liam Henderson.

The 18-year-old recently went out on loan to Norwegian club Rosenborg until the end of the current campaign, and while that may have come as a surprise to some, it could be the perfect move for a player tipped for eventual stardom at Celtic Park.

“Liam Henderson, for me, is maybe the best under-19 player in Scotland,” Deila said. “But in terms of first-team level he is a good Scottish Premiership player.

“He is talented, very talented, but he is not better than a good Scottish Premiership player.”

That is an interesting approach from the Celtic boss; one that shows he is not going to plump up a young player’s reputation any more than is necessary.

Henderson has previously featured 22 times for Celtic’s first-team but he will not be adding to that total until next season at the earliest.

And Deila is being realistic, explaining that while a player may be talented enough to taste first-team action it is only through hard work that they will stay there.

Henderson has impressed when he has played for the senior side, but having been used sparingly in recent times, this spell away could be the making of him.

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