Jack Hendry’s departure from Celtic was confirmed today by Australian outfit Melbourne City.
The A-League side confirmed the deal this morning, and stated that Hendry had signed on an “injury replacement contract”. The deal has widely been reported to be a loan agreement by other outlets (BBC).
Hendry leaves Celtic for the rest of the season having failed to make a single matchday squad this season too. However, even worse, he’s only managed three squads since Neil Lennon was appointed back in February. He hasn’t made one appearance on the pitch under Lenny (Transfermarkt).
And it looks as though his poor reputation at Parkhead has been reflected in the replies to Melbourne’s official post. Taking a look at some of the fan reaction to the A-League club’s post, here’s what some had to say:
If only they knew 🤣🤣🤣
— Andy Bhoy McNamaRA (@andymcnamara88) January 22, 2020
You've degraded at the back actually
— yoda the tim (@yoda_the_tim) January 22, 2020
Should really look up the term bolstered 👀
— Lee (@leegribbin7) January 22, 2020
“bolstered our backline” ….. going to be disappointed when he actually plays
— John Costello (@JohnCostello88) January 22, 2020
Good luck to him was never going to cut it at celtic 👍🏻
— PatsyBhoy 🍀💚 (@DavidP1888) January 22, 2020
Wasn’t bad at Dundee but unfortunately not Celtic class. Good luck to the boy. Hope he has a good time
— jim mcghee (@jamesaybhoy) January 22, 2020
The abuse he’s getting from our ‘fans’ is nothing short of embarrassing.
— Daniel (@DannyMax1888) January 22, 2020
Time for Hendry to get his career back on track
Hendry deserves a bit of leeway for his time at Parkhead. He’s never truly managed to recover from his shocking double-display against AEK Athens, where he was at fault for a couple of their goals in particular that subsequently seen us crash out of the Champions League last season.
But his demise at Celtic has been staggering. When he came off the pitch in Greece, nobody could’ve predicted that he would only play six more times that season. He did, after all, put in a fine performance when we beat Rangers 3-2 at Ibrox back in March 2018.
Hendry’s problem is that his good moments at Parkhead have been few and far between. He doesn’t have anywhere near the same level of ability as a Christopher Jullien or Kris Ajer. Jozo Simunovic and Nir Bitton have also proven to be more reliable than the former Dundee defender.
The loan deal makes sense too. Hendry still has over two years remaining on his current deal (Transfermarkt). Shifting him on permanently was always going to be a huge ask.
He has to now focus on impressing in the A-League and see where he is come the summer-time. Who knows? Maybe a run of impressive outings will boost his confidence and he’ll return to Celtic a better player in the summer. It worked for Tom Rogic during his loan spell at Central Coast Mariners.
But the distance that needs covered between Hendry and a starting spot at Parkhead is of monumental proportions. His main focus will likely only be on getting himself back up to speed in senior football.