There is something about Liam Henderson and the ability to deliver. He done it again last night as Hellas Verona secured an unlikely Serie A promotion.
Having to go through the Serie B play-offs to have any chance of reaching the Italian top flight, it looked unlikely before a ball was kicked in the second leg. Verona were trailing 2-0 from the first leg.
They turned it round, coming back to beat Cittadella 3-0 on the night and earning a Serie A place in the process.
He will join a unique list of Scottish players to play in Serie A, with Graeme Souness, Joe Jordan and Denis Law the only other Scotsmen to play in Italy’s biggest league.
Italian job vindicated by Henderson and his promotion
It was far from a bank robbery and a high speed chase, but this was smash and grab by Verona, in the sense their hopes were shattered after the first leg. To come back the way they did was commendable. They wanted it more than their opponents.
For Henderson it highlights why he moved to Italy. He first moved out there with Bari before a move to Verona. The chance to play in one of Europe’s big five leagues will be a great opportunity.
It’s not often that Scottish players journey abroad for football, but Henderson has proven that the opportunities are there to make a name for yourself outwith the UK and Scotland.
Having been out at Rosenborg as well as his spell at Celtic, he’s now won every major domestic trophy in Scotland, the Tippeligaen, The Norwegian Football Club trophy and now Serie A promotion.
He’s had quite a career for being just 23 has Hibs’ Scottish Cup final hero. They’d no doubt love to see him back in Leith. For now though, supporters will be buzzing he’s continuing to deliver the goods abroad.