The story of Celtic centre-back Jack Hendry’s loan move to Melbourne City took an unexpected social media twist on Wednesday.
David Tanner, who for many years presented the Scottish football coverage on Sky Sports, claimed on Twitter that former Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers had ‘failed’ the player and that Celtic were guilty of ‘woeful player development’.
Good luck to young Jack in Oz.
An exciting lifestyle change.
Just over a year ago, he was in the Scotland team. By any standards, that’s woeful player development by Celtic. Brendan Rodgers did so much good there (do the Thought Police allow you to say that?) but he failed Jack. https://t.co/zx7dUME90J
— David Tanner (@DavidTannerTV) January 22, 2020
Unsurprisingly, Tanner’s comments didn’t go down well with some Celtic supporters. One fan claimed that his comments were ‘off the mark’. Another claimed that Hendry was ‘never good enough’ to play for Celtic.
“Wasn’t good enough”
Here are some of the best reactions from social media to Tanner’s comments:
He wasn't good enough, nothing to do with poor development. He wasn't signed as a project, he just couldn't make the step up in class, as well as deal with the additional pressure of playing for Celtic. Your dig at Celtic was unnecessary as it was way off the mark
— Charlie (@MKChas21) January 22, 2020
The same celtic that developed tierney, forrest, mcgregor and brought in Rogic, Edouard, Christie, Ajer made them better players?
— Vinikama (@vinikama) January 22, 2020
Never was gonna cut it at Celtic. I wish him well. Your dig at Celtic is laughable. He was nowhere near good enough and the fact he became an international says more about the Scottish gaffers who picked him.
— Phelim Warren (@Freewheeler12) January 22, 2020
Celtic's record with player development has been good over the years,and has shown a very healthy profit for the club,so I don't get it why you would wish to focus on just one player.
— frank gallagher (@frankgallaghe18) January 22, 2020
Maybe he wasn't good enough. Any signing is a risk, especially from a lower level team. Some players just don't develop, can't handle the jump in standard. Comparing a poor Scotland team to Treble Treble winners does you no favours and screams of attention seeking.
— Champions2018/19 (@MauriceGilmor68) January 22, 2020
I think it's safe to say Celtic are on the money when it comes to player development. They've just recently sold a player who came through the youth ranks for £25M
— GerryBhoy (@retrobotik) January 22, 2020
Mate against Thistle, he literally dribbled round in a circle and found his way into a 50/50 when he was under no pressure. Never ever good enough for Celtic.
— Mark (@Mark_A_P_T) January 22, 2020
If he was good enough he would have made it… He got in the Scotland squad because of the club he played for. Celtic have a fantastic record of developing Scotland players so maybe just maybe he wasn't good enough.
— Tony CFC (@Green_Hoops67) January 22, 2020
Tanner’s comments don’t make much sense as the player did get chances for Celtic. He just didn’t perform well enough for the Hoops.
Didn’t perform in biggest game for Hoops
Look at what was his biggest game for Celtic, for example. He started for the Hoops in the Champions League qualifier against AEK. He turned in a poor display as the Hoops lost 2-1 and failed to qualify for the group stages.
Had he helped the Hoops defeat AEK then he could have got a run of games in the team. However, it wasn’t to be.
As for player development, you only have to look at the fees that the Hoops received recently for Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney. Celtic would not have received so much money for the duo had they not been developed by Celtic.
Brendan Rodgers might not be the most popular man with the Celtic support at the moment. However, one thing you cannot accuse him of is not knowing how to develop a player.
The bottom line is that Hendry wasn’t good enough for Celtic, and the move to Australia is a good thing for both the player and the club.