Celtic exile Jack Hendry is the subject of interest from Premier League and European clubs, according to reports.
In an exclusive attributed to 90min, the Celtic defender is interesting Wolves, Brighton and West Bromwich Albion. On mainland Europe, the Oostende loanee is also attracting glances from Werder Bremen, Genk and AZ Alkmaar.
To his credit, Hendry has impressed on loan in Belgium. Oostende currently 1oth in the Belgian top flight, having conceded 22 goals in 18 games (BBC).
The former Dundee man is targeting a Scotland recall ahead of the Euros, with central defence arguably the weakest part of Steve Clarke’s side.
Speaking to Oostende’s official site, Hendry said:
” It would of course be a dream to one day experience a tournament with Scotland, especially when you know that they do not qualify for every championship.”
Unlikely Premier League target: Celtic defender Jack Hendry
Hendry isn’t the most popular player Celtic have had. Fans have compared him to a “Giraffe on roller skates” following high-profile mistakes in league and European action.
Credit to him for turning his career around in Belgium. However, you’ll forgive us for treating this one with a degree of cynicism.
At 25, Hendry needs to be starting regularly, and it seems a little far-fetched to imagine him holding down a first-team place in the English top-flight.
Nonetheless, 90min are standing by their reporting. Oostende have the option to buy Hendry, which makes any potential deal slightly complicated.
You get the sense Neil Lennon would accept the right bid for the Scottish defender. Having been loaned out twice in as many seasons, the route back to Celtic’s first-team seems perilous for Hendry.
That said, with Jullien injured, Shane Duffy unable to impress and options limited, maybe there’s a future for Hendry at Celtic. That is if Wolves, Aston Villa or Werder Bremen don’t table an offer that’s too good to turn down.
Honestly? Didn’t see this one coming, did you?