Neil Lennon has been in charge for eight games, and none of them have involved Jack Hendry.
And that’s not just in the starting line-up either. In fact, Hendry hasn’t featured in any of the Hoops’ eight matchday squads under the Northern Irishman.
Instead, the likes of Kristoffer Ajer, Jozo Simunovic, Filip Benkovic, and Dedryck Boyata have all been ahead of him. That’s hardly a surprise, but the contest at Dundee several weeks ago was perhaps Hendry’s biggest disappointment.
With Celtic nursing some defensive knocks, Lennon decided to feature Mikael Lustig at centre-back. Featuring a full-back in Hendry’s own position is a bit of a slap in the face to the former Dundee man.
It’s not even certain whether he’s ahead of fellow flop Marvin Compper. Lennon opened the door for Compper to make an appearance before the end of the season when he first took over from Brendan Rodgers. Not once has Hendry had any of that kind of public support from the manager.
Nor should he have either. Hendry has made 16 appearances this season, including Champions League qualifiers. But a series of unconvincing displays early on this term saw many fans turn on him.
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Hendry has shown a sign or two that he hasn’t been dealing well with the criticism either. He reacted to a Celtic fan who criticised him on social media earlier on this year – something that’s a real no-no for a professional footballer.
Nobody is in a position to say whether the pressure of playing with Celtic is getting to him. Only he will truly know that. But the reality is he’s so far down the pecking order that a summer move would surely be best for him.
Lennon has spoken about players being given an early holiday should we win the league title early. It will be interesting to see at that point as to whether Hendry can even make a squad bench.
But it looks from the outside as though Lennon isn’t interested in putting much trust in the £1.5million man. A summer move, therefore, is surely best for him.
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