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Celtic starlet Henderson impresses skipper Brown

Celtic's Liam Henderson made his first Scottish Premiership start on Friday night as the champions-elect beat Kilmarnock 3-0 at Rugby Park.

The 17-year old midfielder impressed in 82 minutes for the Hoops, playing alongside Scott Brown in the centre of the pitch, and his performance was certainly not lost on the skipper.

"We know what Liam can do. He does it day in, day out in training and his work rate is excellent as well," Brown said in the wake of Kris Commons' hat-trick which guided the Bhoys to victory.

"That is what helps him, especially trying to play centre midfield in this team. He tries to go forward, gets on the ball and tracks back well.

"Liam always wants to bomb on. He can play off the strikers, on the right or in central midfield.

"Liam is a really nice lad. No one in that dressing room has anything bad to say about him.

"He just wants to play football and being at a club like Celtic is a great opportunity for him.

"When I first saw him I thought, 'This lad has a great chance'. He shows it in training and I think the gaffer loves him.

"It's nice to see the next generation coming through and all the senior players try to help develop them - especially when Liam is coming for my position!

"Seriously, he is just a joy to play with. He will play off you, go on a wee mazy run and score goals in training. It is great. We have other good youngsters, such as Darnell Fisher and a couple of centre halves. So the future is looking good."

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Andrew Slevison
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