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Liam Henderson reportedly edges closer to Bari switch after impressing Grosso

Liam Henderson of Celtic  celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between St Johnstone and Celtic at McDiarmid Park at  on February 5,...

Following a game against Bari reserves, Celtic's Liam Henderson is said to move closer to a move to Italy after impressing Bari coach Fabio Grosso.

Lyon's Dutch defender Kenny Tete (L) vies with Celtic's Scottish midfielder Liam Henderson during the pre-season friendly football match between Glasgow Celtic and Olympique Lyonnais at...

The Daily Record reports that Celtic's Liam Henderson is moving closer to a switch from the SPFL to Italy’s Serie B, after impressing Bari manager Fabio Grosso whilst on trial.

The 21-year-old Scot turned out for Bari in a game against their own reserve team, and his performance may have been the decisive moment that results in Henderson leaving Celtic.

Henderson, who spent the 2015/2016 season out on loan with Hibernian, enjoyed a stellar season at Easter Road, helping his side to an emphatic Scottish Cup victory over Rangers, in which he assisted both the equaliser and the winning goal.

Hibernian players stand on an open top bus as they stage a victory parade to celebrate yesterdays historic Scottish Cup final win over Rangers on May 22, 2016 in Edinburgh,Scotland....

It seems bizarre that current Hibs boss Neil Lennon, who knows Henderson well from his time managing Celtic, hasn't made more of an effort to land the youngster - who clearly isn't in Brendan Rodgers’ plans.

Nevertheless, a move to Bari may not be such a bad option for Henderson. The Serie B outfit are currently vying for promotion in 4th place, level on points with 3rd placed Empoli.

Fabio Grosso head coach of FC Bari during presse conferece after the Serie B match between FC Bari and Parma Calcio at Stadio San Nicola on December 21, 2017 in Bari, Italy.

A move to Italy could work out extremely well for the Scotland U21 international, however, he will surely be wary of other young Scots who have recently gone abroad and struggled - like Oliver Burke or Ryan Gauld.

Burke, who made the trip back the UK to join West Brom last summer, struggled for minutes on the pitch with RB Leipzig in Germany, whilst Ryan Gauld who joined Sporting Lisbon a few years ago has been loaned out twice by them, unable to make any real impact on the Sporting senior team.

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