Report: KV Oostende ready to do business with Celtic for Jack Hendry

By Euan Davidson

March 19, 2021

Celtic loanee Jack Hendry has been a revelation in Belgium.

He’s had a season that few could’ve expected. Recently called up for Scotland, Hendry has been fantastic for a mean KV Oostende defence. The little-fancied Belgian side are 4th in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League [BBC], with one of the better defensive records in the league.

Now, they’re looking to sign Jack Hendry permanently, according to the Daily Record. Oostende have the option to sign Hendry, because of a clause in the loan deal. That could net Oostende as much as £8m, according to recent rumours surrounding the former Dundee defender.

Oostende Executive President Gauthier Ganaye was bold about signing Hendry.

Ganaye said [Daily Record]:

“It is no secret that it is a loan with an option. We have the option to make it permanent before the summer.

“I am very hopeful that will happen.

“We are very happy with Jack and he is one of the reasons why the team has been doing so well this season.

“We have ambitions between now and the summer and then we want to strengthen again for next season and we want Jack to remain a big part of things.”

Jack Hendry, shielding the ball for KV Oostende / (Photo by Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images)

The Jack Hendry Renaissance continues, Celtic could lose out big time

It’s odd to say that Celtic could “lose out” in the context of Jack Hendry.

By no means a popular player around Kerrydale Street, Hendry looked uncomfortable in the Green and White. His mistakes, particularly in Champions League qualifying, meant that few Celtic supporters batted an eyelid when he left on his second consecutive loan.

After a massive injury blow on loan to Melbourne City, it didn’t seem like Hendry’s stock had room to rise. Instead, he’s played close to 2,000 minutes for Oostende [Transfermarkt], even scoring twice. Along with fellow Celtic exile Marian Shved, the Belgian league is proving a valuable career rehabilitation centre.

Whether Celtic have room to reject a bid for their suddenly profitable centre-back is uncertain. If not, it’s possible the Bhoys could lose out on a high-value fee for the ex-Dundee and Wigan Athletic man.

Potentially, Oostende have taken an incredibly lucrative gamble on a player Celtic didn’t want. It’s funny how it goes.

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