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Forget Bruma: Brendan Rodgers should instead seek to improve Celtic’s Jack Hendry

Forget Bruma: Brendan Rodgers should instead seek to improve Celtic’s Jack Hendry

According to a recent report from Bild, Celtic are interested in a move for defender Jeffrey Bruma this month. The 26-year-old currently plays his football at Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg and has done so since 2016, in which time the centre back has played 35 times for the club, netting on one occasion.

And reports suggest that Brendan Rodgers is keen on luring the Netherlands international to Parkhead this month, but the Bhoys boss should forget about spending more money at the back trying to solve the problem, and should instead focusing on improving £1.13 million-rated Celtic defender Jack Hendry (as per Transfermarkt).

The Breakdown

Ultimately, fresh from securing back-to-back domestic trebles, one would be forgiven for thinking that Celtic would seek to further strengthen this summer in a bid to maintain their domination of Scottish football, and perhaps make something of a statement on the European stage as well.

Yet that simply hasn’t happened so far with just four men through the door at Parkhead, namely Odsonne Edouard, Daniel Arzani, Scott Bain, and Emilio Izaguirre, the latter two on free transfers.

But 23-year-old Hendry was one man who made the move to Parkhead during the winter window earlier this year to suggest that he is a player Rodgers feels can make the grade at Celtic, although his efforts so far in the heart of the Bhoys defence suggest that he still has a way to go.

And while adding Bruma may seem like the obvious move, the 26-year-old hasn’t played a huge amount of football in recent seasons, with injuries part of the reason for his struggles, to suggest that he may not be the answer to their centre back woes.

The 26-year-old made the move to Wolfsburg back in 2016 and has since featured just 35 times for the German side, 31 of which coming in the Bundesliga to help the club to back-to-back 16th place finishes, on both occasions winning the relegation play-off.

Thus, bringing Bruma to Celtic Park would be riddled with uncertainty following a lack of game time and injury problems in recent times, which is why Rodgers should forget about that and instead seek to improve 23-year-old Hendry.

The defender left Dundee back in January to further his career by moving to the Scottish giants, yet he has endured a testing start to life at the club with just 11 Scottish Premiership appearances last season, although he has been forced into being one of the Bhoys’ senior centre halves so far this term such have been the issues in that area of the pitch.

And the 23-year-old hasn’t always produced the goods despite starting eight of their nine competitive matches this term, although the fact that he is young and someone Rodgers clearly believes is capable of going on to be a quality centre back, having signed him back in January, looks set to work in Hendry’s favour.

Throwing money at the problem doesn’t always prove dividends – instead Rodgers should focus on improving those players already at Celtic Park, with 23-year-old Hendry one of those in need of further coaching and guidance in a bid to be the centre back Celtic need in the heart of their backline.

Thus, the Bhoys should forget about splashing out on Bruma, and instead Rodgers should be seeking to get the best out of young defender Hendry after luring him to Celtic Park just eight months ago.

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