Former Premier League defender Danny Mills believes that Celtic defender Jack Hendry could work his way into the new manager’s plans for next season.
Hendry’s possible return
The 25-year-old is currently on loan at Belgian Jupiler League outfit Oostende for the second season running after being edged out of the Hoops’ starting XI following a serious knee injury which saw him sidelined for a significant amount of time.
Hendry found himself heavily scrutinised by many of the Parkhead faithful during his time in Glasgow and told the BBC that he is open to any opportunity for the 2021/22 campaign, saying: “I’m open to anything that comes my way.
“It’s vital that wherever I choose next season, I need to play every week to continue my development. If Celtic want to keep me, that’s something they would need to make a decision on.”
However, after Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Dundee United confirmed Rangers as this season’s champions, Celtic can now turn their focus to what will be the most important summer in recent years.
Speaking to Football Insider, Mills believes that Hendry could play a key role for Celtic if allowed to stay at Parkhead next season. The former England defender said:
“There’s always a chance when a new manager comes in. New brush, sweeps clean and all that. Everybody’s got a fresh start and a new chance. There’s always an opportunity.
“I would always say to players coming back use the summer very wisely. The first thing a new manager is going to look at is attitude, the second thing he’s going to look at is fitness.
“If you come back in pre-season in fantastic shape and you’ve got a great attitude that doesn’t half go a long way to making a huge impressing on a new manager.
“Any player that wants to have a chance and do anything like that, that would be my recommendation. Get yourselves in great shape because first impressions make a huge difference.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
This might not be the news that many disparaging Celtic supporters will want to hear if this turns out to be the case, with the much-maligned Hendry often overlooked for even a substitute’s place over the last couple of years when he has been at the club.
We don’t expect any decisions to be made regarding the new manager until Dominic McKay takes his seat in his new position as chief executive, but Mills raises a good point that all players deserve to be considered fairly regardless of what has gone on before.
Time will tell whether Hendry’s future lies at Celtic or elsewhere.
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