Bari midfielder Liam Henderson is the target of a £2 million bid from Italian side Fiorentina, according to reports. The Scotsman claims the attacking midfielder is wanted by La Viola, with Parma and Bologna also keeping tabs on his situation.
The news will certainly interest Celtic fans. Henderson came through the ranks at Parkhead. After nearly ten years at the club, however, he decided to move on permanently in January, with his chances at Celtic seeming minimal.
It was a shame in the eyes of many Celtic fans. The midfielder had impressed during loan spells at Rosenborg and Hibernian and always looked a talent when playing for Celtic. The fee involved was even more shocking. With his contract expiring in the summer Celtic sold him to Bari for just £115,000.
He then went on to become a regular for the Serie B side, scoring twice and bagging two assists in 18 appearances.
The fact Fiorentina are now looking to pay £2 million for the player will justify the comments of those who said Celtic should have given him more chances and a new deal this season.
With Stuart Armstrong now said to be considering his own future in Glasgow, Henderson could have been a great internal replacement. Just look at the progression of Callum McGregor. Henderson could have been on a par with the current Celtic star.
Celtic will no doubt be ruing the way they handled Henderson’s situation as one of Italian football’s biggest clubs come swooping in.