Jack Hendry’s departure from Celtic finally looks like a goer as of today.
The centre-back is reportedly the subject of a tug-of-war between Kilmarnock and Motherwell. Both have expressed an interest in the defender, according to the Daily Record.
The Record have also cleared up just what happened between the Hoops and Hull City too. A deal was apparently set to be agreed for Hendry to move south. However, Celtic are said to have stalled on the offer and went back for more money. Hull had since moved on to another target.
But there is still clear reported interest in Hendry from other Premiership clubs. The Record also believes that there is some interest from Germany. As of yet, however, there’s nothing concrete.
Hendry hasn’t played whatsoever under Neil Lennon. His slow drop from first-team regular to obscure misfit has been incredible over the last 12 months.
Nir Bitton has also been playing over Hendry throughout the summer. It’s clear he has next to no future at Parkhead as it stands. Any move, however, looks like being a loan one.
Jack Hendry’s departure will be a relief for him
Some will feel there’s no way back for him at Celtic. That’s fair enough too. He’s had his chances and failed to take them in the past.
However, in saying that, who knows what the future holds if he manages to impress and develop on loan? So long as he’s stagnating at Lennoxtown, there’s absolutely no progression path for him.
But who’s to say that the likes of Steve Robinson or Angelo Alessio couldn’t get the best out of Hendry and build up his confidence? That doesn’t mean he’ll come back and waltz straight into the Parkhead side. But it would give him another chance to show what he’s got under Lennon.
We signed Hendry to a long-term contract. Until someone comes up with the money to buy him, we have to keep holding out hope for him. It would certainly be interesting to see how he would do with another Scottish club.
Any interest from Germany could also prove ideal for him. However, staying in Scotland would have him closer to Parkhead. He would effectively still be playing under Lennon’s nose. That could make staying here a more appealing decision for him.
In any case, he needs to leave before the end of the transfer window on September 2nd. His career rests on it in truth. He simply can’t be hovering in the background at Lennoxtown for another six months. Therefore, moving from Parkhead is the best thing that could happen to him. Now it’s hopefully just a case of where to.