Celtic’s defence has been needing bolstered for nigh on three seasons. Ever since Brendan Rodgers’ days the back four has been a bone of contention for Celtic supporters and it has never been more evident this season as the Hoops back line has looked extremely vulnerable.
Rodgers recognised this and signed Jack Hendry from Dundee as he saw a young Scot with raw talent. But as with many young players, finding the step up from a club not expected to win every week, never mind any silverware is demanding and takes a lot of character.
After an outstanding season in Belgium’s Juliper League with loan club KV Oostende where he was named the leagues ‘Best Player‘ by respected football magazine Sport Voetbal, Hendry admits he doesn’t know where he will be playing his football next season even although he has two years left to run on his current contract with Celtic, “I don’t know where I will be next season. I am concentrating on Scotland and letting those sort of things happen with my representatives and the club.
“What will be will be so for me, the main focus just now is these training sessions and games for Scotland.
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“I have been in the situation before when I have been linked with clubs, it is nothing to me, it is at the back of my mind. I am not concentrating on that at all.
“My main focus is coming away with Scotland, helping the squad and trying to make an impact in this team.”
Oostende are still to take up the £2m option to buy clause in the loan agreement and it looks less likely that will happen for two reasons. The Belgian outfits finances have been stretched this season because of the COVID pandemic and they are also not known for spending big to acquire players so it is likely the £2m price tag is out of there league.
Hendry does show promise as a young Scottish defender but his successful stint at Oostende does prove one theory. He flourishes in teams that do do not have huge expectations or demands set on them by their supporters.
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