Ex-Celtic defender could get his move to England with bid submitted

By Dave Flanigan

July 28, 2022

Former Celtic defender Jack Hendry could be set for a move to England, after newly-relegated Burnley submitted a bid to Club Brugge for the 27 year old, according to a report.

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany has already recruited from his homeland, having himself moved from Anderlecht to England this summer, with a deal agreed for Cercle Brugge right back Vitinho.

As reported by The Daily Mail, Kompany is now looking add ex-Celt Hendry, who left Glasgow to join KV Oostende in 2021.

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The Clarets have been significantly depleted in defence following their relegation from the Premier League, losing James Tarkowski, Nathan Collins and Ben Mee over the summer.

Hendry struggled at Celtic, but has thrived in Belgium after an initial loan to Oostende in 2020.

The Belgian club took up the option-to-buy on the former Partick Thistle centre half a year later, selling him to Club Brugge in the same transfer window.

The 27 year old would go on to star in the Champions League, holding PSG’s wealth of talent at bay in a 1-1 draw that saw Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar all play together for the same time.

Hendry has also made 17 appearances for the national side since making his debut in 2018.

A rise not many will have seen coming

Although losing out on potential value on Hendry would have been frustrating for Celtic following his rapid ascent in Belgian football, it hardly looked likely at the time of his initial loan move.

Hendry never looked likely to make the grade at Celtic after his move from Dundee in 2018, struggling to separate the first choice partnership of Kristoffer Ajer and Dedryck Boyata, and suffering a significant knee ligament injury whilst on loan to Melbourne City.

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To compliment his Champions League experience, he has also gone on to be a regular Scotland international, playing for his country at the delayed 2020 European Championships last year.

Despite it never working out at Celtic for the defender, it’s hard not to be pleased for him reviving his career elsewhere, and should he complete a move to Lancashire, he’ll be targeting promotion to the Premier League in the near-future, too.

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