Jack Hendry has been tipped to make a big impact for Scotland if given the chance after a successful spell away from Celtic.
In the summer, Hendry was damaged goods. Neil Lennon had yet to play him for a single minute despite being at the club for almost 18 months. A loan spell looked essential for his development. A player into the final two years on his contract and next to worthless for his current club, the move was needed.
Along came KV Oostende and things are now looking a lot better six months on. Hendry has been receiving rave reviews and has now made 21 appearances with the Belgian side [Transfermarkt]. As well as that, Chief Executive of Oostende, Gauthier Ganaye, confirmed on the club’s website that he hoped to sign the player permanently.
And he’s been in the news again bigging Hendry up for a potential call, labelling it “crazy” that he hasn’t yet been considered for Scotland selection.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Ganaye said: When I look at the centre backs for Scotland and I don’t mean any offence but I don’t think Jack has anything to be scared of. He should be in the squad. When I look at the centre backs for Scotland and I don’t mean any offence but I don’t think Jack has anything to be scared of. He should be in the squad.
“Jack has already played for Scotland and got experience at that level so for me it would be an easy and logical choice.
“I hope that proves to be the case and we all see him back playing for Scotland.”
Jack Hendry still some way from Scotland chance; Celtic man looks likely to be sold
Any chance of Jack Hendry making Euro 2020 seems fanciful to say the least. Especially when you consider the fact that he’s effectively still way down the pecking order at Parkhead. Some good games in Belgium for a side sitting fourth in Belgium doesn’t guarantee you a spot.
Of course, Hendry will look at the competition and ask why. It’s not as if the likes of Declan Gallagher and Scott McKenna are untouchable. In fact, it’s not long ago that we would be laughing at the prospect of him being chosen behind both of those players.
But Scotland boss Steve Clarke clearly hasn’t been impressed by Hendry. He hasn’t been selected for a Clarke Scotland squad even once. His last appearance for his county, and he’s had three of them, came in a 3-1 friendly defeat vs Portugal at Hampden.
If Hendry is to get an opportunity at the Euros, he needs to pray for a call-up in March. When Scotland kickoff their World Cup 2022 qualification campaign with a triple-header. He would then need to hope to both be selected in those games and be a standout. Even then there’s no guarantee he’ll go away in the summer.
Just look at David Turnbull for example. He’s one who would undoubtedly make an impact in the Scotland team right now. But there’s a question mark regarding whether Clarke will stick by the players that got him to the Euros.
We’ll see what happens, but from a Celtic perspective, Hendry is becoming a real sellable asset. That means, irrespective of what happens with Scotland, his loan spell has been a success.