Lack of reported interest in Celtic's Jack Hendry is a concern
Jack Hendry’s future at Parkhead needs one thing in order to be saved – a loan move.
With Celtic boss Neil Lennon still looking for defensive recruits, it doesn’t say much for the former Dundee defender. He’s the lowest-ranked centre-back in the pecking order as it stands. Christopher Jullien, Kristoffer Ajer, and Jozo Simunovic are all ahead of him. If Celtic secure another centre-back before the end of the window, he’ll also automatically be ahead of Hendry.
It looked ridiculously poor for Hendry when Lennon decided to play Nir Bitton at the back over him against Sarajevo. Lennon likely won’t have any concerns in doing so again against Nomme Kalju. We’ve spoken in the past about how we don’t believe Bitton should be playing at centre-back, but it signifies how lowly ranked Hendry is.
So a loan move would make sense. It would allow him to get regular football for a year whilst allowing Lennon to keep an eye on his development. If he performed to an acceptable standard and managed to boost his confidence, there’s no reason why he can’t come back and try things out again.
But, as it stands, there’s been nothing on that loan move. No reported interest, and certainly no offers that Lennon has revealed to the press. If there has been interest, it’s been kept incredibly quiet. As it stands, the silence on Hendry’s future is a little concerning.
Jack Hendry’s future at Celtic rests on him proving himself
Make no mistake, this isn’t a piece that’s looking to bash Hendry. He can still clearly do a job for another Premiership outfit. His success at Dundee proves that there’s something about him when his confidence is high.
That’s the one thing Celtic fans knew about Hendry before he signed. He was performing well and was high in confidence with a fellow Premiership outfit. Therefore, a move to another Scottish club could be exactly what he needs to pick himself up once again.
Hendry has to have a serious glance around him at the likes of Lewis Morgan, for example. Morgan was so far out of the picture at Parkhead that his move to Sunderland would’ve been seen as a relief last January. Now look at him, battering down the door of the first-team squad and making a real impression of it too.
So many players in the current squad have gone out on loan and came back much better players. Morgan, Ryan Christie, Kristoffer Ajer, and Callum McGregor have all been elsewhere to develop their game. Hendry is in a place where he must do the same.
And Celtic have to be doing all they can to find him that move too. The lack of interest means that we must be working twice as hard to find him the football he desperately craves.
There will be teams interested in Hendry if Celtic look around for them. Whether it be a Premiership or Championship/League One outfit, it’s all about just playing for Hendry once again. With a bit of luck, we still manage to seal his move from Parkhead this summer.