By Matt Farr
Celtic youngster Liam Henderson has hailed the influence of Brendan Rodgers on his development at the club this season.
Henderson, 20, has been handed a number of opportunities to showcase his abilities in the first team squad by the Celtic boss this season.
The midfielder has made 13 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal, but he has not featured for the club since the Scottish Premiership win over Inverness at the start of March.
But Henderson admitted to the Evening Times that he has enjoyed every minute of life under Rodgers at Parkhead, insisting he has already learned a great deal.
He said: “It’s been brilliant being back at Celtic. I’ve enjoyed every minute under Brendan Rodgers. He’s been unbelievable for me.
“I’ve learned so much. We are training at a high level every day and playing. When I’ve been given the opportunity I feel that I’ve done my justice. It’s been a brilliant season for me.
“He’s always said to me since he came in he’ll give young boys a chance and that if you are good enough he will have no hesitation about putting you in. I’m delighted to be at Celtic under Brendan.”
Henderson had thrived in a first team environment whilst on loan at Hibernian last season, where he scored six goals and contributed 16 assists.
He has found it difficult to break into the first team setup at Celtic this term, however, with the impressive Stuart Armstrong and Tom Rogic, and more recently Kouassi Eboue, ahead of him in the pecking order.
But Celtic fans have been impressed with what they have seen from Henderson this season, and will hope he can have a role to play for the club next season.
Rodgers meanwhile, has already achieved remarkable success in his debut campaign in Scotland, masterminding victories in both the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Premiership.
He is now hot in pursuit of a Scottish Cup title to complete his pursuit of a domestic treble, with a semi-final tie against Rangers at the end of the month.
In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton has named four Rangers players in his team of the week, two more than Celtic.