Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson is edging closer to a transfer to Italian Serie B side Bari, according to the Daily Record.
The newpaper claimed in their live transfer blog (Friday, 12.22pm) that for Henderson, 21, is in line to end his time at Parkhead and sign for the Italian side after impressing on trial.
The Record report that, in a major development, Henderson played for Bari in a friendly match against their own reserves side and impressed manager Fabio Grosso, who scored the winning penalty for Italy in the 2006 World Cup final.
Grosso has led Bari up to fourth in the Serie B table, where they are currently chasing the title and promotion to Serie A, lying just five points behind leaders Palermo.
Henderson has had decent loan spells at Hibernian and Rosenborg but has never been able to convince the managers during his time at Celtic that he good enough for regular first-team football, with just 37 appearances in all competitions in the five years since he made his debut.
Good move for Celtic?
Given that Henderson has made just a single appearance – against Dundee in October – this season, he is not a significant part of the plans of manager Brendan Rodgers. It is best for the Hoops that they free up space on their wage bill for players who are going to get a game, or Rodgers thinks can develop into a potential first teamer. Henderson does not fit the bill on either count.
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Likely to happen?
It seems inevitable that Henderson will quit during the forthcoming window, and a switch to David Platt’s former club Bari is now looking inevitable. The midfielder has spent much of his time in senior football out on loan, including a successful year at Hibernian, who he helped end their 114-year wait for the Scottish Cup in 2016, coming on as a 70th minute substitute as they overcame fellow Championship side Rangers 3-2. Given his place in the Hoops pecking order, not many bookies would be willing to offer odds on Henderson being at the club beyond the 31 January cut-off.
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