Celtic defender Jack Hendry is close to completing a move to Belgian outfit K.V. Oostende ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
What’s the story?
According to 90min, Oostende have triggered their option to sign the 26-year-old following his successful season-long loan from the Hoops throughout 2020/21.
The report claims a £2 million fee was agreed between the two clubs for Hendry last summer, with Alexander Blessin’s side desperate to secure their man for such a small fee.
Fans will be buzzing
Hendry arrived at Celtic Park back in January 2018 after impressing with fellow Scottish Premiership side Dundee, but the 6 ft 3 centre-back has been unable to replicate his best form with the Glasgow giants.
In two-and-a-half years with the Hoops, the Scotland international made just 27 appearances, failing to establish himself as a first-team regular at any stage.
His underwhelming displays led to a loan move halfway through the 2019/20 campaign that saw Hendry briefly turnout for Melbourne City in Australia.
However, it’s a subsequent spell away from Celtic that appears to have propelled the towering defender back into the limelight.
Hendry made 30 appearances for Oostende as they finished fifth in the Belgian First Division, earning a place in Steve Clarke’s squad for Euro 2020 this summer.
While he’s clearly made progress and improvements during his time away from Scottish football, Hendry often came in for criticism throughout his time at Celtic, and it’s unlikely that the club’s supporters will be sad to see him go.
He routinely made fans feel nervous with the ball at his feet and looked overwhelmed by the pressure of playing for such a big club, often proving to be a liability when in the starting XI, so perhaps this proposed move will be best for all parties.
Hendry’s departure is the start of a summer rebuild for Celtic as they look to overhaul fierce rivals Rangers next season, and bringing in a replacement in the heart of defence is set to be a priority for whoever eventually succeeds Neil Lennon.