There is no denying that Jack Hendry’s future has been up in the air for some time now.
The latest development was when Celtic manager Neil Lennon confirmed a move to send him out on loan had failed to arise. The Hoops boss then tried to blame outside parties from disrupting any deal (Scottish Sun).
But whatever the reasoning for it, it’s an absolute disaster for Hendry. Let’s put things straight without dancing around the subject – Hendry needs games and he won’t get them here.
Nir Bitton’s surprisingly good form since the summer has put paid to any chance of that. The Israeli was surprisingly given the nod ahead of Hendry at the start of the season. Since then, he’s managed to play on 11 occasions. His Ibrox selection also proved just how valued he is by Lennon.
Of course, half the reason for this could be because Hendry has been injured. Had he stayed fit and had a good pre-season, who knows whether Bitton would’ve had this much game-time.
But the fact is he has, and he’s also performed to a standard that suggests Hendry can forget about any further opportunities this season. There are far too many defenders ahead of him.
Kilmarnock move would’ve been the best decision for Jack Hendry’s future
The option initially appeared to be there for Hendry to move to Kilmarnock (Daily Record). However, in the end it didn’t come about. And for the player it’s a real shame, as that’s exactly the kind of move he could’ve used to propel his Celtic chances for next season.
Lennon may be using his injury excuse to help cover for his lack of game-time. However, even last season, Lenny never gave Hendry a single minute of football. More often than not, the Scotland international wasn’t even in the match-day squads.
January will give him a chance to get back out there and find himself the first-team football he needs. There is still a good player in Hendry, and it would be a shame to see him waste away in the development squad.
Whether he’ll ever be Celtic quality is highly questionable. However, so long as he remains under contract, Celtic and Hendry should be doing all they can to make his time under contract here fruitful. A loan move elsewhere could’ve proved to be just that.
Regardless, it didn’t come off in the summer for one reason or another. Instead, it’s likely that Hendry doesn’t see another minute of football until he finds a loan move in January.
And make no mistake, that’s exactly what needs to happen.