Jack Hendry has asserted his willingness to play for Celtic again next season, as he revealed what he’s told his agent ahead of the summer.
Previously thought of as an outcast at Parkhead, the 25-year-old has enjoyed a renaissance on loan at Belgian side KV Oostende. Working his way back into the Scotland squad, Hendry has helped his side to a shock push for European football.
With 12 months left on his Celtic deal, he could be given a fresh start in Glasgow come 2021/22 [Transfermarkt].
Speaking on the Go Radio Football Show tonight [13/04, 18:10], the Scot shed light on his current situation, saying:
“I was brought to Celtic for a reason and it didn’t pan out the way I wanted, but sometimes that’s just football. I definitely feel I could have an impact at Celtic.
“Obviously it has been difficult to watch at times this season but football is football and it has worked out playing for Oostende against some really top teams and really top strikers. It’s really brought my development on a lot. It was difficult for me at Celtic and I didn’t get the game time I would have wanted so I had to take the opportunity to go elsewhere and prove my worth. Thankfully I’m doing that at the minute and I have to keep maintaining that.
“I have still got a year left at Celtic so I’m not going to turn down any opportunity that arises. I’ve told my representatives to get me playing at the highest level I possibly can get to. Whatever club that may be.”
Jack Hendry deserves a chance at Celtic next season after excelling at a high level
Come July, the Celts may only have two fit senior central defenders in Stephen Welsh and Nir moving into the Champions League qualifiers. Kristoffer Ajer is potentially anticipated to exit the club amid AC Milan interest [Glasgow Times]. With Christopher Jullien not set to be available, the former Dundee man could help to bolster the squad.
Ever-present in the Jupiler Pro League, Hendry has made 26 appearances this campaign netting two goals [Transfermarkt]. Cutting a dominant figure for the Belgians, the stopper has averaged a brilliant 4.5 clearances per 90 minutes [WhoScored]. Showing his awareness to danger, Hendry may yet become a first-team regular at the Hoops.
Hendry also added:
“I feel it’s really important that I’m playing each week and playing at the highest level possible because I can play at a very high level and hopefully I’ve demonstrated that this season.”
Hendry seems to be open to giving life at Celtic another shot. Facing mass player turnover come the summer, it would be nice to have some continuity at Celtic Park moving forward. As someone who always had potential to shine at the Hoops, hopefully he has garnered the experience to make it happen.