Now the Parkhead kid hopes boyhood idol Neil Lennon can help him fulfil his ambition and become a regular starter for the Hoops.
Despite being involved on a daily basis with the Celtic first-team squad and being named in several matchday squads, the big breakthrough has yet to arrive for Herron.
His promise was recognised with a call-up to the Scotland Under-21 squad for their clash with Holland this week and now the youngster is eager to catch Lennon's eye again.
He said: "He took the reserves at Celtic for a long time and did well with them. I was lucky enough to be a part of that at such a young age, at 15, 16. He showed a bit of faith in me.
"He is a Celtic legend. He was always someone that I looked up to. He was a midfielder so he plays in my position. Him and guys like Stan Petrov and Henrik Larsson were my heroes when I was younger.
"The fact the manager played in my position and was the captain made him stand out. Growing up as a Celtic fan, I always wanted to be a Celtic player and now I want to be a successful Celtic player."
Herron is just one of a host of Hoops hopefuls who have progressed through the ranks and to the verge of Lennon's first team but he is still awaiting his chance to shine on the big stage.
Winger James Forrest was the last player to make the transition from protege to Parkhead star and Herron knows the task ahead is a significant one as he looks to follow suit.
He said: "I have been involved with the first team a lot this year so I just need to keep showing the gaffer what I am capable of and hopefully I will get my chance this year.
"He has shown a lot of faith in me by putting me in the squads and bringing me in to train with them. I still have another step to go.
"I need to try and push on and prove to the gaffer that I am good enough.
"You need to work hard and roll your sleeves up. When you get your chance, you have to be ready to take it."
Herron's first-team dreams may be in Lennon's hands but the Celtic boss has made it more difficult for youngsters to make the step up by splashing the cash in the transfer market.
Another batch of multi- million pound stars arrived this summer but Herron is determined to rise to the challenge and prove his worth.
He added: "Obviously you don't want too many people in front of you but having competition only makes you better."