Will Jack Hendry's Celtic return lead to more playing time?

By John Reid

September 26, 2019

One of the more unexpected elements of Celtic’s 5-0 Betfred Cup win over Partick Thistle was the return of Jack Hendry to the side.

The centre-back made his first appearance of the season, as a second-half substitute, and he played the last 11 minutes of the game.

Hendry’s appearance must have come as a bit of a surprise to the Celtic support. Hendry has not even been in the Celtic squad recently.

Manager must still have faith in player

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However, Neil Lennon must think that the player is still capable of doing a job for the Hoops. It should be pointed out though the game was well won when Hendry came on.

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What happens next for Hendry will certainly be interesting. There has to be a chance that the appearance was just a one-off, a late sub in a cup tie that was already won.

However, the fact that Hendry actually played in the game means that the manager has not given up on him at Celtic.

May be on the bench against Hibs

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Does that mean that he is going to start in Saturday’s game against Hibs? Probably not. However, it would not be a surprise to see him on the bench.

Should the Hoops have injury issues at the back, Hendry could also be called upon. The player will want regular first-team football though.

It has to be said, at the moment that looks unlikely to happen at Celtic. He could feature in a few games, possibly in the league fixture following Europa League games. However, his chances of playing regularly for the Hoops don’t seem to be that high.

It would probably be best for the player if he moves on loan during the January transfer window. That would give him the chance of regular football.

Although he has finally returned to the first-team at Celtic, that doesn’t mean he will feature more often for the Hoops.