Celtic's Jack Hendry ends injury concerns in 8-goal thriller today

By David Walton

May 9, 2021

Any concerns over Jack Hendry and his injury issues can now be put to bed after he took part in a cracker for KV Oostende today.

Yes, Hendry’s loan club were part of an eight-goal thriller against KV Mechelen this afternoon in the Belgian Pro League. Hendry’s side would ultimately lose the game 5-3, but it was his return to action that was a boost for Celtic.

Last week, Hendry suffered a ridiculous challenge at the hands of Standard Liege’s Mehdi Carcela. It looked like a potential leg/ankle breaker as the Liege man was sent off and Hendry had to be substituted. It was then followed by a report from the Daily Record that claimed Hendry had a chance of missing Euro 2020 if the awkward landing of the fall had done damage to his shoulder.

However, any fears over any substantial injury problems are now over. Hendry started and played 72 minutes against Mechelen, and was taken off with his side 3-2 down. There would be three goals in the final 10 minutes after Oostende thought they’d grabbed with nine minutes remaining. But two late goals from Jordi Vanlerberghe and Igor de Camargo secured the win.

Hendry’s fellow Celt Marian Shved was also involved for Mechelen. However, he would only bag the final five minutes after coming on as a late substitute. He wasn’t involved in any of the goals.

A bigger boost for Jack Hendry than many will realise; can’t afford any injury knocks just now

It’s easy to have overlooked this Hendry situation as just another player picking up an injury. In truth, the potential devastation that awaited him with a long-term set-back would’ve been near catastrophic for him.

Jack is arguably coming towards the most delicate time in his career. First off, he’ll be looking to bag Oostende European football for next season and end his stint there on a high. That clearly will mean a lot to him given the faith his loan club has put in him.

Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, Euro 2020 is coming up this summer. Scotland boss Steve Clarke included Hendry in his last international camp. It’s not out of the question to suggest Hendry has a real chance of making this summer’s Euros squad.

Jack Hendry had been in the cold at Celtic / (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group via Getty Images)

That gives him a chance to not only put himself in the shop window, but perhaps impress both the Celtic fans and new management team. It could be the platform that really pushes Hendry onto a new level and secures him a long-term future at a major football club.

Finally, as briefly touched on above, a long-term injury could’ve ruined his pre-season. Regardless of whether he was at Celtic or anywhere else, his chances of impressing his club would’ve been down the drain and he could’ve been playing catch-up with his teammates. That really isn’t something that Hendry needed just now.

He has a colossal next few months on the cards. It’ll be interesting to see what direction his career moves in.

In other news, Vasilis Barkas has been tipped for a Celtic comeback next season.