It’s a potential move that could come out of the blue, but Jack Hendry to Hibs makes perfect sense for all parties.
The Celtic defender isn’t needed at Parkhead for the time being. His inconsistent performances this season have seen him drop to fifth choice at the heart of the Hoops defence.
Meanwhile, Hibernian are on the lookout for a centre-back to replace Efe Ambrose. The former Hoops defender triggered a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave Easter Road this month. Now, with Ryan Porteous and Paul Hanlon sidelined, Hibs are extremely short at the back.
According to the Sunday Express, Neil Lennon sees Celtic man Hendry as a direct replacement.
The move would be a huge one for Hendry. A chance to impress at one of the top sides in Scotland whilst being right under Celtic’s noses. Consistently positive displays for Hibs would lead to to opportunities at Parkhead further down the line.
Interestingly, however, Hibs have also been interested in Celtic’s Lewis Morgan. SPFL rules state that clubs cannot loan two players from the same team, Therefore, it’s a straight choice between Hendry or Morgan.
No chance of a game at Celtic
Hendry’s last appearance for Celtic came back in October. But he was an integral part of the squad who got through two out of four Champions League qualifiers at the start of the season.
At just 23-years of age, Celtic are right to only be looking at a loan deal for the youngster. If developed right and brought on during the next six months, Hendry could still be a valuable asset to Celtic in the future.
Hibs would be a huge opportunity for everyone. The Hibees would be getting a decent calibre of player to replace Ambrose, whilst Celtic get to see how he copes against Premiership opposition at a big club with pressure to win.
For Hendry, it’s just a massive chance to impress Celtic supporters, who would be able to watch him closely at Hibs.
Should a move come about, Hendry has to jump at the opportunity. He needs a spring, and this could certainly be it.