Celtic have a £2m decision to make on Jack Hendry

By John McGinley

March 6, 2021

Celtic will rake in £2m if Jack Hendry makes his move from Glasgow to Belgium permanent this summer, The Mirror reports.

Oostende have an option-to-buy on the in-form defender as part of his season-long loan and could look to flip him as an asset to the English Premier League, say the paper.

However, it’s also reported that Celtic are likely to bring him back to Lennoxtown and provide another opportunity.

That will, of course, depend on how Jack Hendry wants to handle his career. He could well decide that he is best served to progress his career elsewhere given his lack of chances at the Bhoys.

The Brendan Rodgers signing hasn’t started a game for Celtic since October 2018. He has only made two appearances in total since then, both of them off the bench.

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He also moved on loan to Melbourne City during that time period, but a bad knee injury cut that short.

Hendry’s career has been revitalised in Belgium, where he’s made 22 appearances and won plaudits for his performances.

With Celtic in dire need of defensive options, giving him a second chance is definitely not as absurd as it was this time last year.

However, £2m is a decent return on a player who is not in the picture at all at Celtic Park and would recoup the fee paid to Dundee for his services.

Celtic defender Jack Hendry on loan in Belgium / (Photo by Nico Vereecken / Photo News via Getty Images)

In a summer where every penny counts, that’s a wedge of cash we may need.

Is it best for the club to just cut their losses and move on to other targets? Or should we offer him a shot at redemption under a new manager?

I’d opt for the latter if it was up to me. It’ll be interesting to see how the club handles the situation from here.

In other news, Leo Hjelde has scored his first senior goal out on loan at Ross County.