18-year-old Henderson netted his first goal for Rosenborg this week.
The Bhoys youngster was sent out on loan to the Norwegian giants earlier this campaign, and Celtic head coach Deila has commented on his first goal in a press conference, as relayed by the club’s official Twitter account.
RD on Liam Henderson's goal for Rosenborg on Wednesday: "I'm very happy for him. It's a big challenge and a big club."— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) April 24, 2015
RD: "There is a lot of expectation there and they have done well so far. It was good he got his first goal and started the game as well."— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) April 24, 2015
RD: "Hopefully it will do him better and us in the future as well."— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) April 24, 2015
The youngster was sent to the club to ensure his development continued at a positive rate, having broken into the first-team this season, but failed to hold down a key part in Deila’s plans.
He made 14 appearances, scoring once, before Rosenborg came calling in March, and Deila had no qualms about sending him to the club, having faced Kare Ingebrigtsen’s men whilst manager of Stromsgodset.
Deila’s quotes show he is clearly happy for the young midfielder, who is also a Scottish Under-19 international, and he must be delighted that he is starting to have an impact at arguably the biggest club in Norway. They regularly fight for Champions League football, and that sort of title chasing mentality will do Henderson well, as it will teach him what it is like to be a Celtic player.
Still, he has a far way to go yet before he is good enough to claim a starting role in Deila’s plans, and this loan is a great development opportunity. He just has to take the chance to prove to the Norwegian boss that he is ready to turn out at Parkhead on a regular basis.