Celtic manager Neil Lennon has touched on potential interest from Kilmarnock and Motherwell on Jack Hendry.

The duo were linked with a move for the Scotland international earlier this morning (Daily Record). And Lennon has today confirmed that there has been some level of interest, without confirming from who.

But, in a surprising turn of events, Lennon still also claimed that Hendry still isn’t fit. That’s despite the fact that he’s been back in training for several weeks now.

Jack Hendry hasn’t played a single game under Neil Lennon (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Speaking to the Scottish Sun, Lenny got to the point quickly when it came to what’s going on with the former Dundee man.

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“He’s still not fully fit. There has been a few phone calls but no movement just yet”

Do injury problems explain Hendry’s squad exile?

Hendry certainly had his injury problems during the second half of last season. And with another knock before this summer’s Champions League qualifiers, it’s fair to say that didn’t help him either.

 

Yet, it may also confirm why Hendry has been as frozen-out of first-team affairs as much as he has been. If the defender has been struggling to get up to full fitness, it’s no wonder Lenny hasn’t been playing him or even putting him in match-day squads. If he’s not fit to play then he shouldn’t be in there.

Hendry (left) has certainly had his injury problems over the last couple of months (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It’s possible we could’ve seen at least a little more of Hendry than we have done this summer if it wasn’t for injuries. But even then, it still wouldn’t have made him a first-choice.

Lennon gave him a couple of pre-season run-outs too. So it did come as a bit of a surprise when Lenny suddenly dropped him altogether.

It still doesn’t mean Hendry’s future looks any brighter here at the moment. He still has to go out and prove himself. Lennon must think the same way if we’re to truly see what Hendry can offer us in the long-term.

Where next for Hendry? (David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Celtic could still do with another centre-back in the door if Hendry departs too. He can’t be labeled as reliable as it stands, and Celtic could do with competition for both centre-back spots.

As for Hendry, hopefully he can get the loan move his career desperately needs. At the very least, Lenny has confirmed that there’s interest.

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