Celtic have made use of their recall options this week, but te Daily Record reports that Jack Hendry won’t be one of them.
The former Dundee centre-back is spending the season in Belgium on a year-long loan deal. Since the move, he’s been able to revitalise his career. Hendry has made 15 appearances for the Belgian Pro League outfit this term and scored two goals (Transfermarkt).
The Celtic supporters have even been discussing potentially recalling him in January given our lack of defensive options this week. With a crucal double-header coming up against Livingston, it’s a fair talking point.
But the Record reports that Celtic and Oostende agreed not to throw a recall clause back into the deal in the summer. That means Celtic have no option to take him back to Glasgow until the loan agreement is over.
The Record also states that the Belgian side is keen to take Hendry on a permanent deal. It’s unlikely we’ll ever see him in a Celtic jersey again if that’s the case.
Could Celtic have done with Hendry this week? Lennon never fancied him
Celtic have used their recall options to bring back the likes of Scott Robertson and Ross Doohan this week. But a return for Hendry would’ve been extremely bizarre.
It’s important not to forget that Neil Lennon has never been a big fan. That’s been proven in the fact that Jack has never once been selected under the current Celtic boss. Even though Brendan Rodgers gave him a handful of appearances, Lennon never replicated that generosity.
It also wouldn’t make sense to bring Hendry back for two games anyway. As after the rest of the Celtic squad come back from self-isolation, he’ll just find himself way down the pecking order. It’s best for all parties if Hendry stays where he is.
As well as that, Celtic already have a defensive partnership that looks like it can work. Stephen Welsh and Shane Duffy impressed together against Hibs. But for a late miscue from Duffy, not one of them made a mistake. Of course, just because it’s Shane Duffy, it’ll be highlighted more than it would if it was anyone else.
But in truth Welsh and Duffy look like the way to go for now. They deserve to play again when Livingston come to town on Saturday. That’ll be another tough test for them given David Martindale’s side are on an eight-game winning run.
That’s the partnership Lennon and Gavin Strachan should go for on Saturday. Hendry, meanwhile, will stay where he is.