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World Cup winner keen on Celtic man with outcast looking set for exit

Celtic supporters in the Transfer Tavern have spent the first week of 2018 looking back at their side’s hugely successful 2017, a year in which the Bhoys eased to the Scottish Premiership title as well as the country’s two other domestic trophies.

Brendan Rodgers’ men were in a league of their own for much of the 2016/17 campaign to drop just eight points en route to a sixth successive domestic crown, finishing up with a record-breaking 106 points to finish a staggering 30 points clear of Aberdeen in second. Add in victories in the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup, which they defended with victory over Motherwell a few months ago, and Celtic completed dominated football north of the border in the 2016/17, and that success over Stephen Robinson’s men at Hampden Park in November is their first step to replicating that domination this term as well.

Thus, there have been many delighted Bhoys fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from Calcio Mercato, which suggests that out-of-favour midfielder Liam Henderson is on trial at Serie B side Bari.

The 21-year-old midfielder came up through the ranks at Celtic Park to make his senior debut back in 2013, but has since then managed just 36 further appearances for the Scottish giants, only one of which has come under Rodgers this season.

As such, his future at Parkhead has been subject of speculation for a while now, and recent reports suggest that the Scotland Under-21 international has been spotted on trial at Serie B outfit Bari, managed by 2006 World Cup winner Fabio Grosso.

Thus, it is looking increasingly likely and almost inevitable that Henderson will be on his way out of Celtic this month.

Landlord’s verdict: Liam Henderson has managed just 23 minutes of first team football for Celtic this season, and that came all the way back in October in their 1-0 victory over Dundee at Celtic Park.

Since then though, the 21-year-old has failed to make a single one of Brendan Rodgers’ matchday squads in any competition, thus plunging into doubt his future at the club, for whom he has played 37 times and came up through the ranks.

Yet recent reports suggest that he is on trial at Serie B side Bari as he seeks his next adventure, all but suggesting that his time at Parkhead is at an end.

Celtic fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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