Celtic: Liam Henderson welcomes competition from new signings

Liam Henderson (left) celebrates scoring for Celtic
Liam Henderson (left) scored for Celtic against Hamilton

Liam Henderson has welcomed the extra competition for midfield places at Celtic after the signing of Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven.

The pair's arrival from Dundee United came just as the 18-year-old forced himself back into the first team.

"Stuart plays a similar position to me and I'm looking to learn off him," said Henderson, who started in three away wins during January.

"He's been brilliant playing for Dundee United."

Celtic lead the Scottish Premiership, face United in both the Scottish Cup quarter-finals and the League Cup final, while Inter Milan await in the Europa League's last 32.

"We're in all four competitions, so hopefully that means the squad will get rotated," said Henderson in the hope of adding to his eight appearances this season.

Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven
Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven signed for Celtic from Dundee United

"It's been good. The manager's thrown me in when we've needed to win games and I also managed to score against Hamilton, which gave me a great confidence boost."

Henderson insisted he was unaware of media reports that he would be sent out on loan by manager Ronny Deila before the end of the January transfer window.

"The manager said to me he wants me at the club," the Scotland Under-19 international revealed.

"Obviously we are pushing for all three trophies and we are in the Europa League, so he wants me in and around the squad and that's a great confidence boost for me.

"I did not hear any speculation about me going out on loan.

"I am training every day with the first-team boys and just continuing to learn every day."