Sometimes, you’ve just got to say “fair play”, and this is one of those times: Jack Hendry is a master at avoiding fines.

Hendry, who recently starred for Steve Clarke’s Scotland, is loving life in Belgium. Surely though, like everyone else, he hates paying for daft mistakes. In a clip shared by KV Oostende, bizarrely but fantastically soundtracked by seminal indie band Electrelane, Hendry showed his trick for avoiding fines.

Oostende’s training facilities are ample, but it’s a particular annoyance to lose footballs. Given their proximity to what looks like forest, it’s a five Euro fine for every lost ball.

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So Jack Hendry, the innovator that he is, just steals footballs from the other teams training at the facility.

Well, you can take the boy out of Glasgow.

Hendry explained:

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“I stole [the ball] from the other team. And then I handed it in, because it’s getting late and I wanted to get back to the house. Five euros for every one, so the boys thanked me, I think.

“Sometimes you’ve just got to be clever.”

Jack Hendry

Jack Hendry: hates paying fines / (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images)

Celtic loanee Jack Hendry starring in documentary about Oostende’s remarkable season

The clip, shared by KV Oostende’s social media team, is from a documentary called ‘Kustboys’. It follows Oostende’s unlikely top-5 charge, with the more understated Belgian side just a win from the top 4 [Jupiler Pro League].

Hendry epitomises the rise of Oostende. Un-fancied to achieve much this season, Hendry has shone, winning caps for Scotland and the attention of clubs across Europe. It’s been a storybook turnaround for the former Wigan Athletic and Dundee centre-back. The Hoops seemed to weigh heavy on the 25-year-old.

Now we know he’s got tricks up his sleeve, too. Under a new manager, Hendry may have to keep his fine-avoiding antics more guarded, however.

Mind you, we’re sure he can afford a fiver for a lost football, these days.

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