The transfer deadline day did not pan out the way Liam Henderson might have hoped it would. According to the Scottish Sun, the 21-year-old had reluctantly accepted that he needed to leave Celtic in order to kick-start a career that stalled since Brendan Rodgers replaced Ronny Deila at the helm last summer.
However, Henderson is still a Celtic player after Preston North End failed to agree terms for a move that would have brought the talented midfielder to the English Championship.
Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon was also keen on bringing Henderson back to Hibernian, where he won the Scottish Cup in 2016, but a reported loan move never materialised.
Consequently, the Scotland Under-21 international is left in limbo and faces spending the next four months stuck on the sidelines with his only regular action coming for Celtic’s reserves.
Left in limbo
Although that is not all his fault. Henderson impressed when given an opportunity under Rodgers last season but, with Olivier Ntcham and Kundai Benyu arriving at Celtic and Callum McGregor getting better by the week, he has been shunted down the pecking order.
It is a sad predicament for a player who seemed destined for great things in green and white when he made his first-league start at the age of just 17 in March 2014.
As such, a mid-season move away from Parkhead is a must if Henderson is to begin fulfilling the potential that only recently market him out as one of the most exciting young talents in Scottish football.
Preston or Hibs would have given him the chance to start afresh. And Henderson must be hoping that they have retained their interest by the time January rolls around.