THE PLAYERS

 

Players to wear the green and white of the Hibees.

Here is a growing collection of players and internationalists to feature for Hibernian throughout the years.

Position: Midfielder

Liam Henderson joined Hibs on loan from Celtic in 2015 and sealed his place in Hibernian history by delivering both corner kicks that led to Anthony Stokes' equaliser and David Gray's stoppage-time winning goal in the 2016 Scottish Cup final against Rangers.

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Liam Henderson was born in Livingston in 1996 and began his career with Celtic.

He featured in the club's development squad and was included in the first-team squad for their pre-season trip to Germany in the summer of 2013. In the following season, Liam continued to play for the Celtic's development squad at both under-20 level and in the UEFA Youth League and was particularly impressive in Celtic's 4–1 win over the Ajax academy side in October.

Liam made his competitive first-team debut, aged 17, in December 2013 coming on as a substitute in Celtic's 5–0 win over Motherwell and his form throughout March 2014 saw him win the SPFL Young Player of the Month award. Liam made a couple of appearances in the first few weeks of 2014/15 season; playing against KR Reykjavik in a Champions League qualifying match and then in a league match away against Inverness but he was then dropped out of new manager Ronny Deila's plans.

He regained his place in the team in early January and featured for Celtic in the first leg of their Europa League tie against Inter Milan. He then joined Norwegian club Rosenborg on a short term loan in March 2015 and manager Kåre Ingebrigtsen described him as a "very exciting player" and that he had "huge potential". On his return to Celtic, Liam signed a three-year contract before moving on loan to Hibernian.

Liam Henderson1Liam Henderson celebrates with the William Hill Scottish Cup.

He made his debut in a 1-0 victory over Morton after coming on as a substitute for Danny Carmichael in the 69th minute. Liam scored his first goal for Hibs, opening the scoring in a 3–0 win over Alloa Athletic and a week later, he scored the only goal in a 1–0 win away at Livingston. He curled the ball in direct from a free-kick, with manager Alan Stubbs describing the goal as "worthy of winning any game".

Liam was a prominent player in Hibs 2015/16 Scottish Cup campaign and came off the bench in the Cup Final, as Hibernian beat Rangers 3–2 to win the competition for the first time since 1902. On as a 70th-minute substitute for Liam Fontaine, he sealed his place in Hibernian history by delivering both corner kicks that led to Anthony Stokes' equaliser and David Gray's stoppage-time winning goal.

He returned to Celtic following the conclusion of the season and barely featured at all for Celtic during the early part of season 2016/17 under new manager Brendan Rodgers. His appearances continued to be sporadic, and by the end of the season, he had only made six starts, with a further seven substitute appearances to bring his total to 13 games.

The following season saw him even further down the pecking order for a place in the team and with no realistic hope of progressing his career at Celtic, Liam went on trial with Italian club Bari later signing permanently for an undisclosed fee. Unfortunately, Bari were declared bankrupt at the end of the season, and in August 2018, Liam signed a four-year contract with Serie B side Hellas Verona. 

Verona made a strong start to the season, winning their opening five games and manager Fabio Grosso praised Henderson for his play in the early months of the season, highlighting his versatility and the "timing of his runs into the penalty box". Verona were promoted to Serie A in June 2019 by winning the Serie B promotion playoffs and Liam played in Verona's opening match of the 2019/20 Serie A season, a 1–1 draw with Bologna and this appearance made him the first Scot to play in a Serie A match since Graeme Souness with Sampdoria in 1986.

In January 2020, he joined Serie B club Empoli on loan with an option to buy.


Full Name: Liam Henderson
Date of Birth: 25th April 1996
Place of Birth: Livingston, Scotland

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