Liam Henderson's form suggests Celtic have found a new super-sub

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This Celtic teenager may have a surprise role to play at the club next season.

When Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson headed out on loan to Rosenborg earlier this season it caught practically everyone by surprise.

Everyone except Bhoys boss Ronny Deila of course, who knows Norwegian football inside and out and would only have sent the talented teenager to a side where he knew he would develop.

That he has done, scoring three goals to date and getting used to the independence that comes from being so far from home at such a young age.

But Celtic fans should not get too excited too soon. After all, while the 19-year-old has started in the cup for Rosenborg he has been used sparingly in the league, and it will take an almighty effort from Henderson to usurp the Bhoys’ current first-team stars as early as next season.

Instead, Henderson may be set for another loan spell, perhaps a little closer to home to really hone his skills and ensure he is ready for the campaigns to come.

But there is an alternative option, one which has started to appear far more likely given what he has done from the substitutes’ bench in recent times; because while Henderson has only racked up 117 minutes of league football at Rosenborg, he has scored three goals in that time.

That averages out to a goal every 39 minutes. So could Celtic have a new super-sub on their hands?

Two goals in 10 minutes against Viking and one in an 11-minute cameo against Start suggests that is a distinct possibility.

So while Henderson will be hoping for plenty of football next season, he could in fact be Celtic’s secret weapon, with his eye for a goal in the latter stages potentially proving vital as they attempt to replicate or even better their recent double success.

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