Liam Henderson intends to use his season-long loan at Hibs to establish himself as one of Scottish football’s most effective box-to-box midfielders.
The 19-year-old was farmed out to Easter Road last week immediately after being handed a new three-year contract by Celtic. Having made 23 first-team appearances for the Parkhead side so far, Henderson is widely viewed as one of the most promising youngsters in Scotland.
After a three-month loan stint with Norwegian side Rosenborg earlier this year, he plans to use his time at Hibs to fine-tune his game so that he is equipped to hold down a regular place in Ronny Deila’s team when he returns to Glasgow next season.
Outlining the type of player the Hibs fans can expect to see, Henderson, pictured, who made his debut as a substitute against Morton last Saturday, said: “I’ll give my all and give a lot of running.
“I’ve played No. 10 before and played wide on a couple of occasions, but I’m more of a central midfielder. I see myself as a box-to-box player. I got a few goals in Norway but I need to add more goals to my game. I also need to improve parts of my defensive game, but I see Hibs as the perfect place to learn.”
Henderson confirmed that he could have been a Hibs player for the second half of last season. When the opportunity to move to Edinburgh resurfaced last week, he was determined to seize it. “Hibs wanted me in January but it wasn’t the right time for Celtic to let me go,” he explained. “But Alan Stubbs phoned me last week and said he was really looking to take me to Hibs. I was all for it and Celtic were keen for me to go out and get the experience.”