Neil Lennon admits Celtic breakthrough will be hard for Jack Hendry

By Hamish Carton

September 4, 2019

Neil Lennon admits it’s going to be “difficult” for Jack Hendry to earn some Celtic game time this season.

The Scotland international was heavily linked with a late move to Kilmarnock as part of the deal for Greg Taylor. However, the Killie man ended up signing for Celtic in exchange for just money, and Hendry stayed put.

The 24-year-old has endured a tough time in recent months and hasn’t played a single minute of football under Lennon.

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And judging by the Northern Irishman’s latest comments, that isn’t going to change anytime soon.

“There were other parties that might have intervened or interrupted the process,” Lennon revealed. (Scottish Sun)

“We will work away with Jack and get him up to speed, he has been out for a long time with injury.

“It’s going to be difficult for him but it’s down to him to take it head on.”

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Lennon is probably being diplomatic about Hendry

It’s easy to see why Lennon is so pessimistic about Hendry’s chances. The former Dundee man is well down the pecking order of Celtic’s centre-back options. Kristoffer Ajer, Christopher Jullien, Jozo Simunovic, Nir Bitton and Hatem Abd Elhamed are all ahead of him while the recent signing of youngster Lee O’Connor won’t have done his chances any good either.

It’s not clear exactly what stopped the proposed loan departures of both Hendry and team mate Calvin Miller, but you can’t help but feel they’ve made a mistake by not moving on.

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Neither are likely to see much, if any, game time this coming season so they’re effectively playing for time and picking up a wage. If they were both keen to get their careers back on track then they would have made the move to the Ayrshire outfit.

As it is, it just seems like a bit of a wasted period for the duo. Hopefully they can get out the door in January and get some minutes under their belt, no matter the level.