Liam Henderson confident new Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has the ability to bring Steven Gerrard to Parkhead

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The former England captain has been linked with the Scottish Premiership side.

Liam Henderson has admitted that he is incredibly excited about returning to Celtic this summer partly because he believes that new Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers has the ability to bring Steven Gerrard to the club, the Evening Times reports.

The 20-year-old has come to the end of his loan spell at Hibernian. And while a promising stint at Easter Road, as well as the number of midfielders already within the Hoops' squad may have made a return to the Scottish Championship side a possibility for next season, Henderson claimed that following Rodgers' appointment and the subsequent rumours that the former Liverpool captain could follow him through the door, he is itching to get back to his parent club.

"Steven Gerrard was my hero growing up," he told the Evening Times. "To see that Celtic are talking about players like that at the club is just sensational really.

"I think when you have a guy like Brendan Rodgers as the manager who has worked with world-class talents, all the big names in the game, then you know that someone of that stature is going to be able to attract that kind of calibre of player to the club.

"I think it is an amazing appointment. I am extremely excited to go back to the club."

Although the 35-year-old is not quite the player that inspired the Reds to Champions League and FA Cup victory in 2005 and 2006 respectively, Henderson would undoubtedly still be able to learn a huge amount from the veteran, even if it meant that his first-team opportunities were limited at Parkhead. 

Though he may need to spend a campaign on the periphery of the squad, the wealth of knowledge that the youngster would surely pick up just by watching the former England captain would arguably make the campaign worthwhile, and stand him in good stead for when Gerrard would call it a day. 

But there is no question that his arrival would provide a massive boost to the rest of the Bhoys' squad also, as they prepare for a potentially challenging season.

With Rangers returning to the top flight, while Aberdeen and Hearts will be determined to mount stronger title challenges, having someone of Gerrard's experience and composure should help the team enormously as they go for their sixth league crown in a row.

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