The promising 2020 comments that suggest Thomas Henry would want Celtic move

By David Walton

August 10, 2021

Comments made by OH Leuven striker Thomas Henry suggest that he would be open to moving to a club like Celtic this summer.

The Scottish Sun reported last night that £7million-rated Henry has been identified as Celtic’s replacement for Odsonne Edouard. This comes with the latter being linked with a move to England throughout the summer.

Henry’s stats certainly look impressive at face value. The striker has 45 goals in 78 games for Belgian outlet Leuven [Transfermarkt]. He also provides a more physical option for Ange Postecoglou that he doesn’t currently have.

And as for whether the player would be open to the move? All signs suggest that he would be, at least if his comments back in October are anything to go by. When speaking to SportMagazine about his future, Henry said the following:

“Why would I refuse to have ambitions? There’s no reason to hide. Of course I want to [move to a bigger club].

“Do I have the level? It’s not for me to say. I’m already very happy with my journey, but why not dream of going even higher?

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“In any case, Belgium taught me to like change. I would not be against taking advantage of my career to discover other countries, other cultures.

Thomas Henry sounds open to the Celtic challenge that may await him

If Henry moves to Celtic, it would undoubtedly be the biggest moment in the Frenchman’s career. In terms of consistent first-team football, his previous clubs couldn’t hold a candle to what the Hoops could offer him.

Henry has featured for the likes of R Union Tubize-Braine, Frejus-Saint-Raphael, FC Chambly, and now OH Leuven in Belgium. With all due to respect to all of those clubs, Celtic is on another stratosphere.

Celtic have already been reaping the early rewards of sourcing clinical forwards with experience to their name around the globe. Kyogo Furuhashi has made a sensational early impression after the 26-year-old signed from Vissel Kobe.

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Henry, also of the same age, could do the same. Whilst at the same time he would provide Celtic with a target-man option. There will be games where Henry’s hold-up skills would be required. In addition of course to increasing our aerial ability in the final third also.

There doesn’t appear to be a massive amount of clubs in for him at the moment. He was linked with Leicester City last season [Sport Magazine]. Wales Online have also reported this summer that Swansea City have had a €6m [£5.1m] offer rejected for the player’s sevices.

But Celtic would be far and away the most appealing option to Henry. The prospect of experiencing European football for the first time and bagging some medals for the first time in his career will surely call out to him.

In other news, Midtjylland are in absolutely no mood to sell Celtic-linked Erik Sviatchenko