Jack Hendry’s return to the Celtic first-team could easily come sooner than we all think.
The Hoops flop signed for the club in a £1.5million deal back in January 2018 on transfer deadline day (Daily Record). It was a move that many were skeptical about from the start, and Hendry has struggled to live up to being a Celtic player.
But, when you look at the current defensive situation at the club, he may still yet find his way back into the first team for Sarajevo. It may be a push, but it’s not inconceivable when you look at Celtic’s current situation.
The club are still sweating to see what happens with Jozo Simunovic. He could be set for a ban after being sent off in our last pre-season friendly against St Gallen. Whilst the Scottish Sun believes that it is most likely to be a domestic ban, a European one still hasn’t been ruled out.
Simunovic, of course, would be the first reserve if new signing Christopher Jullien couldn’t make it. And you have to say at this point he is a doubt too. After all, the big centre-back only took part in his first training session the day before the St Gallen draw.
Jack Hendry’s return can’t be totally dismissed
Neil Lennon didn’t deem Jullien fit enough to feature in Tuesday’s pre-season clash. We could be set for a huge hint today as to whether Jullien will make it when Celtic submit their official squad to UEFA. Even then, however, it doesn’t confirm anything.
If Monday was Jullien’s first training session with the team, it’s optimistic to have him ready for a trip to Bosnia just one week later.
Therefore, if Celtic are extremely unfortunate and have to miss both players for Sarajevo, Hendry would be next in line. It’s not a big stretch to suggest it.
This is possibly one of the reasons as to why Lennon needs another centre-back. It only takes a couple of injuries for Hendry to be next in line again. Whilst nobody wants to depict him as an awful footballer, he just isn’t good enough to play for Celtic.
At this stage in his career, a loan deal would perhaps be best for him. It could help boost his confidence and make him more match-fit. At the very least, it would allow Celtic to potentially re-evaluate him further down the line if he improves through weekly football.
Simunovic, at the very least, will hopefully avoid that European ban. But it could still happen, and if it does, Hendry can thank his lucky stars for the opportunity.