Reported Celtic interest in starlet will cast doubt on Jack Hendry's future

By John Reid

December 3, 2019

When it comes to Celtic defenders, one player who doesn’t seem to have much of a future at the club is Jack Hendry.

The centre-back has only played once for the Hoops this season, an 11-minute cameo in a Betfred Cup tie against Partick Thistle.

Last seen getting sent-off in friendly

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Beyond that he has not even featured in a match-day squad for the Hoops, and it looks like he will rarely feature for the Hoops this season. He was last seen getting sent-off in a friendly for the Celtic reserve side against Brentford B. That won’t have impressed Neil Lennon.

The last thing the players needs then, is more competition for his place in the Celtic squad. That is what he could be facing though. The Scottish Sun reports that the Hoops are interested in signing Carlisle United starlet Jarrad Branthwaite, who is just 17.

The report claims that the player has been watch by Celtic director of football operations Nick Hammond, so there could be something in the interest.

That could be another player that Hendry will be up against in his battle to try to get back into the Celtic squad. He is already behind the likes of Christopher Jullien, Kristoffer Ajer, Nir Bitton and Jozo Simunovic in the centre-back position of the squad.

Should look to example of recent Hoops starter

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If there is hope for Hendry to make it at Celtic, he should look to the recent example of Lewis Morgan. At times during his Celtic career, he has been out of the squad for long periods. However, he must have impressed Neil Lennon at training, as he recently started for the Hoops in the 3-1 win over Rennes.

Morgan then kept his place in the Hoops side for the 4-1 win over Ross County. That should give confidence to Hendry that his Hoops career isn’t over yet. However, if he doesn’t start to impress soon, it might be over sooner rather than later.