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Celtic: Frank McAvennie calls for Jack Hendry to replace Christopher Jullien

Celtic: Frank McAvennie calls for Jack Hendry to replace Christopher Jullien - Celtic News

Celtic legend Frank McAvennie believes that defender Jack Hendry should be brought back from his loan spell to fill in for the injured Christopher Jullien.

Hendry to replace Jullien?

The 25-year-old is currently playing at the Belgian side KV Oostende, where he has scored twice and provided one assist from 17 appearances (TransferMarkt), with the club sitting eighth in the table.

In his absence, it has all gone wrong for his parent club. Neil Lennon is under immense pressure with his side 20 points behind arch-rivals Rangers. To cap it off, one of his key centre-backs in Jullien has been ruled out for four months after picking up a serious knee injury.

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At the same time, things haven’t worked out the way that Shane Duffy would have wanted, and defensive lapses have seen intense scrutiny thrown his way. Their recent 2-2 draw against Livingston again saw him at fault for one of the goals that Celtic conceded.

This is familiar ground for Hendry as well, who was also not a popular player during the Brendan Rodgers era. However, there may be a silver lining for the 6 foot 2 centre-back.

Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie believes that Hendry could make a difference to Celtic’s backline going forward if he is brought back to Parkhead.

“They may look at bringing him back because the defence right now is awful, it really is,” he said. “It is the worst defence I have seen since Lenny’s excuse for going to Dubai.

“Hendry has bulked himself up while he has been in Belgium and has been improved massively from what I’ve heard.”

Transfer Tavern Verdict

If this move was carried out, it may not go down well with segments of the Parkhead faithful. However, it could be a short-term solution until Jullien returns to the side.

In hindsight, it looks like Lennon has nothing to lose by trying this. With his team having been scrutinised for defending so poorly this season, it might be a move that sees them tighten up at the back.

With not long left until the transfer window shuts its doors, time will tell what Celtic opt to do.

In other news, Pundit drops exclusive claim on what will happen regarding Neil Lennon’s Celtic future.

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