As Celtic continue to struggle defensively, the Hoops have one player tearing it up at his on loan club and many fans are questioning whether or not it was the right call to farm him out. On loan defender, Jack Hendry, has been receiving rave reviews at his new club and his form has been so good, he has been tipped for a £10m move to the English Premier League.
One person who won’t be receiving a Christmas card (or should it be Easter egg?) from Hendry this year is ex Celtic striker, Frank McAvennie. McAvennie took to The Football Insider to have a go at the Scottish defender and claimed he was arrogant when he got his £1.25m move from Dundee back in 2018.
Hendry has been in outstanding from for KV Oostende in the Belgian Juliper League but McAvennie doubts whether he is being tested enough to merit such a clamour for his return, “Listen, Hendry got his chance here and he didn’t take it. Celtic are a massive club and some players cannot hack it. It has happened to great players.
Unfortunately, when Jack moved here he was a bit arrogant and the fans picked up on it. He was not performing at a level that deserved that arrogance. He got lots of game time when he first came but he did not stand out.
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“He was only a young boy though, so who is to say that he won’t come back and do it second time around? My worry is, there is no pressure over there. There is a massive difference between playing in Belgium and playing for Celtic. In the last year he may have grown up and he might be able to hack it, who knows.”
McAvennie pulled no punches on the big central defender and would I have described his demeanour as arrogant? Possibly not, but he absolutely struggled to make his mark when making the step to Celtic and McAvennie does make a great point here. KV Oostende, just like Dundee, are not expected to win week in, week out and maybe that type of club suits a player like Hendry.
Less pressure from the fans to get results means less focus on your performance and mistakes. Hendry is a decent defender but is he worth taking a gamble on when we need to look for players to cut out basic mistakes at the back? I’m not so sure he is the man for that job.
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