Ronny Deila explains why Liam Henderson is on loan at Hibernian

Celtic Football Club

The Celtic boss wanted the teenager to battle for points week in and week out.

Celtic have high hopes for plenty of their young players, with particularly ambitious plans for the development of Liam Henderson.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder is a Scottish youth international who many see having a long and illustrious career at Celtic Park.

But for now, he has to wait.

He spent time on loan at Norwegian side Rosenborg toward the end of last season and in the summer was sent to Hibernian in the second tier of Scottish football to continue his development.

Today has seen Celtic boss Ronny Deila talking about the decision to send Henderson out on loan, explaining the gap between the first-team and the under-19s:

Henderson is having a good time in Edinburgh. He has scored three times in 15 appearances as Hibs look to try and keep the pace with Celtic's bitter rivals Rangers in the promotion race.

The club are unbeaten in their last 13 games, since a 1-0 defeat to Rangers in August.

Henderson will hope to fire Hibs above Rangers in the league table and secure promotion back to the top-flight for the club before making an impact at Celtic next season.

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