Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side may not be in action until this evening in European football but we got a taste of a former Parkhead gem shining in continental action against some of the best players in the world.
On Wednesday evening one of the greatest frontlines ever forged in club football took to the field but rather surprisingly, it didn’t include Hoops gem Kyogo Furuhashi.
Nor did it include Hoops winger Liel Abada or Parkhead’s new loan star Jota. There may be an element of sarcasm to our tone but once those three are paired together in the same attack, Paradise will play host to some immaculate football.
The forward line we’re actually talking about was put together by Mauricio Pochettino at PSG.
Lionel Messi signed on the dotted line this summer on a free transfer and after Kylian Mbappe failed to get his move to Real Madrid, they linked up with Brazilian superstar, Neymar, against Club Brugge.
As soon as Brugge saw the team sheet, fear must have been running through their veins.
However, the Belgian side relished the challenge with former Celtic player Jack Hendry at the beating heart of a remarkable 1-1 draw.
Hendry made just 27 appearances for the Bhoys but it’s only in the last year that his career has begun to flourish.
He played for Oostende last season and was described as a “weapon” by his manager Alexander Blessin.
The Scot was also named the Belgium Pro League’s top player at one stage and now he’s become a regular in the national team as well.
How Celtic managed to let him slip through the net will come as a huge disappointment. After all, with the Glaswegian outfit losing Kristoffer Ajer this summer, there was a vacancy at centre-back for someone like Hendry to fill.
Instead, he joined Oostende on a permanent transfer due to a clause in his loan contract and they then made an instant profit by selling him to their league rivals.
Hendry has continued his rich vein of form at his new club and in silencing Mbappe, Messi and Neymar on Wednesday, it will have crowned one of his best club performances.
Midfielder Ander Herrera was the man who scored PSG’s goal but Mbappe and Neymar, in particular, caused little threat to Hendry and his side.
Most impressive, however, was the solitary foul he made. When it comes to facing such elite opponents, defenders will occasionally look to make as many fouls as possible in order to stem the tide.
Yet, the former Celtic defender was more intelligent than that and was near impeccable in the Brugge backline.
Furthermore, the 6 foot 4 central defender completed 90% of his passes in what was a masterclass of a display from the 26-year-old.
Hendry never quite made it at Celtic but performances like this when the Hoops are still struggling defensively must mean they feel an ounce of regret over his departure.