Hibs confident of keeping on-loan Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson for the rest of the season

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BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport

Alan Stubbs insists he is confident Hibernian will retain the services of influential on-loan Celtic youngster Liam Henderson for the rest of the campaign.

The 19-year-old made the switch to Easter Road back in August when he penned a season-loan deal.

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However, with Celtic suffering injuries in midfield – most notably to skipper Scott Brown – and Henderson turning in a series of impressive displays in the capital, there were some concerns the Scotland under-21 cap could be recalled in the New Year.

Most loan agreements allow for the parent club to summon back their player should they deem it necessary or when it is in their best interests.

However, Stubbs claims he is not concerned that Celtic will make any such moves during the January transfer window.

Henderson, who made his Celtic debut in December 2013 aged just 17, has scored three times in 17 appearances for Hibs since his arrival on August 15 and has helped the Championship outfit overcome the loss of Scott Allan to Parkhead on the same day.

He said: “I think the most important thing is Liam’s really happy here, and Celtic are really happy with Liam and the way he’s been performing here.

“That is a season-long loan, so I don’t think there’s going to be any movement in that one.”

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