Liam Henderson could be about to become a free agent after his Italian employers Bari fell into financial trouble and the former Celtic and Hibs midfielder could be set to make one of the biggest decisions of his young career.
The 22-year-old has established himself as one of the most promising young players in Italian football after shining for Bari in Serie B last season, but widespread reports are now claiming the club’s failed bid for promotion has resulted in bankruptcy – and means they’ll need to start from fresh in the country’s amateur leagues.
So what next for Henderson? Well, here’s a few career options for the exciting play-maker:
Henderson became a Hibs legend for life by playing a crucial role in the club’s historic Scottish Cup triumph in 2016 and would be welcomed back to Easter Road with open arms.
Moreover, with John McGinn’s exit feeling like an inevitability, Neil Lennon could well be on the lookout for a new all-action midfielder for the centre of the pitch – and surely Henderson would fit the bill?
The Dons might not seem like the most likely suitors for Henderson but it might not be the worst move for a player at this stage of his career.
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has seen Ryan Christie and Greg Stewart return to their parent clubs this summer, and the void left by Ryan Jack’s move to Rangers has never been properly filled.
We’re not comparing Henderson to any of these players – but surely a talented midfielder for a relatively low fee must be high up on the agenda at Pittodrie?
Try out Serie A
Before Bari went belly-up, Henderson was linked with several clubs in Italy’s top-flight, including newly-promoted Parma, and even Fiorentina, and laying down roots abroad might be a healthy move for Henderson, both personally and professionally.
He knows the Italian style of play, and took to Italian football like a duck to water.
In many ways, it would surely be a sin to leave Italy without sampling the top division, no?
Back to Celtic?
There might not be a midfield opening at Celtic at the moment, and they might be the team in for the aforementioned McGinn, but perhaps there’s a part of Brendan Rodgers that regrets letting Henderson go?
Watching him flourish in Italy last season might have made Rodgers and the Celtic hierarchy wonder if perhaps they’d let him go too soon, eh?
What do you think? Where should Henderson head to next?
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