Brendan Rodgers explains what he loves about Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson

Celtic's Liam Henderson in action with Inter Milan's Geoffrey Kondogbia

The 20-year-old has been linked with leaving the Scottish Premiership side on loan.

Celtic's Liam Henderson in action with Inter Milan's Geoffrey KondogbiaCeltic's Liam Henderson in action with Inter Milan's Geoffrey Kondogbia

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has told the Evening Times that while Liam Henderson has some areas of his game that he needs to work on, he loves the way that the midfielder often demands the ball off his teammates.

The 20-year-old was part of the Hoops squad that took on Inter Milan at the weekend in the International Champions Cup. And with much of the squad being predominantly made up of fringe players, it may have appeared that Henderson being involved was something of confirmation that he is well down the pecking order at Parkhead.

Celtic's Liam Henderson in action with Inter Milan's Geoffrey Kondogbia

But while the Northern Irishman has admitted that the youngster is not the finished article, he did explain what impresses him about Henderson's game.

"Liam Henderson was very good," he told the Evening Times when assessing his performance against Inter.

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

"I've been talking to Liam about improving tactically. Technically he's very good and demands the ball which I love in a player. Tactically we've tried to improve his positioning and against Inter you could see he can play the game really well."

With Rodgers suggesting that there is still room for improvement, it is possible that he could entertain the idea of letting the Scotland under-21 international leave Celtic Park on loan this season as opportunities may be difficult to come by for the Bhoys.

Hibernian's Liam Henderson celebrates at the end of the matchLiam Henderson enjoyed a promising loan spell with Hibernian last term

The Sun reported last month that Hibernian boss Neil Lennon - who was the manager when Henderson made his first-team debut for Celtic - wanted to bring the midfielder back to Easter Road after he had enjoyed an excellent spell with the club last season. 

And if Rodgers feels that he will not get many chances during this coming campaign, he may feel that a temporary return to Hibs is the best option for his development. 

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