Jack Hendry finds himself frozen out of another club after Celtic exit
Everyone’s favourite former Celtic defender Jack Hendry has blasted at his current manager at Club Brugge, feeling he’s not getting the playing time he deserves.
And no, you aren’t getting déjà vu.
Hendry, who turned Celtic obscurity into a Scotland resurgence in Belgium, joined Club Brugge in the summer, from KV Oostende. In a somewhat confusing turn of events, Hendry changed club twice in one window, with the Ostend club immediately profiting from being smarter than Celtic.
He made a great start to life in Bruges. Hendry played in all 6 of the club’s Champions League games, while standing out in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League once again, albeit in different colours. However, since new manager Alfred Schreuder arrived at Club Brugge, Hendry has seen less game-time.
Naturally, he’s not taken kindly to that.
Hendry said [via the Sun]: “I didn’t go to Club Brugge to sit on the bench and I did have a fantastic start to the season.
“[At the start] I played in the Champions League games, six out of six, and it was unbelievable. I was in a really good place, but these things happen when football managers come and go.
“[Now] I need to be playing, though. [In the summer] I went to Brugge to play and obviously it’s never guaranteed. But I think my performances have earned me a place in the team and to keep on playing.
“I got the two reds, but they were the first of my career, and sometimes that happens. Even if they do, I think you still keep your best defender in the team. I think the manager has gone against that and I hope he changes that opinion quickly.
“I shouldn’t be out of the side. A lot of people agree with that within the football club.”
Jack Hendry complaints point at why Celtic departure might’ve taken place
Ok, so there are two schools of thought here.
Jack Hendry is entitled to point to his earlier performances and ask questions. The career of a footballer is a short one, and having proven himself (to an extent) at Champions League level, you can understand his concerns. He wants to play, he feels like he should.
Good grief, though. Calling yourself a club’s best defender, and essentially demanding games after being sent off twice?
How is this relevant to Celtic, I hear you ask. Well, let’s bear in mind Jack Hendry was frozen out at Celtic after some pretty poor performances. By the end of his time at the club, you could forget he was still a Celtic player. In truth, other – better – defenders were ahead of him in the queue.
If these comments are any indication, you can sort of understand why Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon couldn’t be bothered. Especially if he was giving it the “I’m the best defender” patter.
Self-belief is one thing. Publicly questioning your new manager and alienating your team-mates in the media is another.
Staggering stuff, really. And while there will be Celtic supporters who didn’t want shot of Jack Hendry, maybe it was for the best after all.