Hibs hero Liam Henderson has returned to Serie A in Italy after the Celtic academy graduate reached an agreement to rejoin Empoli.

Henderson spent last season with U.S Lecce, who currently play in Italy’s second tier, Serie B. Empoli had the 25-year-old on-loan in 2020 from Hellas Verona, where the former Celtic and Hibs player became the first Scotsman to play in the Italian top flight since Graeme Souness with Sampdoria in 1986.

FC Empoli v Frosinone Calcio - Serie B

Henderson is staying in Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images for Lega Serie B)

The midfielder has been in Italy since his 2018 Scottish Premiership departure from Celtic. Henderson is famed at Easter Road for his involvement in Hibs’ historic 2016 Scottish Cup final win over Rangers.

A statement reads: “Empoli Football Club announces that it has reached an agreement with Unione Sportiva Lecce for the definitive acquisition of the right to sports performance of Liam Henderson. Henderson is a Scottish midfielder born in Livingston on 25 April 1996.

“He grew up at Celtic and made his debut in the Scottish top flight on 6 December 2013 in a game against Motherwell. He remained in Glasgow in the following season, debuting first in the Champions League and then in the Europa League.

“In March 2015 he moved to Rosenborg, Norway, where he played 13 games with 4 goals. He returned to Scotland, to Hibernian, where he won the Scottish Cup.”

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