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Celtic: It’s time Jack Hendry moved one

Celtic: It’s time Jack Hendry moved one

With the transfer deadline in Scotland fast approaching, fringe players may be looking for moves away from their parent clubs. Interestingly, the latest rumour involves Jack Hendry, according to The Daily Record, who is wanted by both Motherwell and Kilmarnock.

Hendry is yet to appear for Celtic this season, and at 24-years-old, he really needs to be playing regular football. He has amassed a little over eighty appearances in his professional career to date having made his debut at the age of nineteen. To put this in perspective, Callum McGregor played sixty-nine games last season alone.

So, here we look at TWO reasons as to why it is the right decision for Hendry to move on.

Hendry needs to play games

As we’ve already mentioned, Hendry is 24. Yes, he is a Scottish international but he is so far off the standard that Celtic require and there are several reasons for that. Coming in and out of the first XI is no use for a young centre-half. They need games to develop, not only technically but mentally too. Before he can even think about the Celtic first team he needs to recover the swagger that got him his big move in the first place.

Hendry has plenty of time left on his Celtic contract, with it set to run until May 2022 (as per Transfermarkt). There is no reason why even a couple of seasons on loan could end with both parties reaping the benefits. Indeed, Ryan Christie has to be the stand out example of what can be achieved. Christie was sent out on loan to Aberdeen for the 2017-18 campaign and hasn’t looked back since returning to Parkhead, producing nine goals and 11 assists last season and he already has eight goals and three assists to his name in the current campaign in just 10 games.

Scotland are weak at centre-half

You could argue Scotland are weak everywhere at the moment but that’s another argument! Hendry playing regularly, with confidence, is a ball playing centre half. He is comfortable on the ball. Scotland is severely lacking in this area. With David Bates and Scott McKenna you have “agricultural” defenders. John Souttar at Hearts gets the nod as the more confident in possession but there is no reason Hendry can’t force his way in. But he has to be playing.

For the sake of his career development and his Celtic career, Hendry has to move on, sometimes one step back is needed to take two forwards.

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