Former Celtic assistant boss John Collins full of praise for Liam Henderson after Hibernian loan spell

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The 20-year-old will return to the Scottish Premiership side following Saturday's Scottish Cup final.

John Collins has seemingly confirmed that Liam Henderson has the potential to make an impression at Celtic after raving about the form that the youngster has shown during his loan spell with Hibernian, the Evening Times reports.

The midfielder followed up last season's loan to Rosenborg by moving to Easter Road at the start of this campaign. And having watched Alan Stubbs' side finish in the play-off places in the Scottish Championship and reach the Scottish Cup final, the former Hoops assistant boss has suggested that the 20-year-old has been instrumental in the success that the team has enjoyed this term.

"Every time I've watched Hibs this season Liam has got my eye, he's been their best player," he told the Evening Times. "He's their playmaker. Being a young boy, he plays with such maturity.

"He's calm on the ball and always wants the ball. It's a great thing to have in your team, it's like a magnet - the ball comes to him. But when the ball comes to him, Hibs need to have runners."

Though Hibs will ultimately reflect on their campaign negatively, having subsequently failed to secure promotion - though winning Saturday's final against Rangers and qualifying for Europe may help their chances of keeping their best players - Henderson has enjoyed an excellent season, scoring five goals and contributing six assists in the league. 

And with Ronny Deila's departure meaning that a new man will be at the helm once he returns to Parkhead, Henderson will be hoping that his form out on loan as well as his performance in pre-season will help him break through the congestion that exists in Celtic's midfield and earn a regular place in the side. 

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