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’.

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”

On loan Celtic defender Jack Hendry

On loan Celtic defender Jack Hendry (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

Here are some of the best reactions from social media to Tanner’s comments:


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

On loan Celtic defender Jack Hendry in action against AEK

On loan Celtic defender Jack Hendry in action against AEK (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

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.

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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.



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