Lecce president Saverio Sticchi Damiani says there was ‘no way’ the Serie B club could increase former Celtic and Hibs midfielder Liam Henderson’s wages (Sun).

The Scotsman has returned to one of Europe’s top five leagues after signing for Serie A side Empoli. Henderson has been in Italy since 2018 after leaving Celtic from Bari, the 25-year-old a hero at Hibs after winning the 2016 Scottish Cup. He became the first Scotsman to play in Italy’s top-flight since Graeme Souness during a 2020 loan at Empoli.

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The former Celtic and Hibs midfielder is now a seven-figure player. (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

He now moves up a division after Lecce could not match Empoli’s wage offer in a £1.5 million deal, according to Damiani: “Liam Henderson’s salary was among the highest at the club and certainly there was no way we could increase it. We had a very reasonable offer from a club in Serie A.

“It’s important to stress that everything about this transfer was right for Liam because we believe he completely deserves his chance in Serie A.

“Liam was always exemplary in his behavior, never a word out of place and he never missed a training session.“He was a credit to the club and we wish him the best of luck at Empoli.”

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