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Celtic’s decision to sell Jack Hendry could haunt them

Celtic will have a number of dilemmas when the transfer window rolls around but it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Ange Postecoglou spends freely again.

Bolstering his Hoops squad and freshening it up has been the order of the day since he arrived from Japanese shores and the trend of bringing players to Parkhead from that part of the world is well placed to continue.

Plenty of offensive names have linked up with the Bhoys, including the likes of Daizen Maeda, Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate.

Alongside those more familiar in European football; Liel Abada, Jota and co, they have developed an incredibly entertaining front line.

Yet, Jota’s future in Glasgow remains up in the air. Celtic have a £6.5m option to buy the dynamic Portuguese forward but whether they take up that clause remains to be seen.

Would Hendry get in the current Celtic XI?

Of course!

Of course!

No chance!

No chance!

They could also lure American centre-half Cameron Carter-Vickers to the club on a permanent basis from Tottenham but again, the deal feels rather complex and at a potential £10m, would not be cheap.

As a result, there may be a sense of regret from Celtic. After all, they don’t exactly have much depth at centre-back where Christopher Jullien has only just returned from injury and Stephen Welsh not preferred by Postecoglou.

Young faces like Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide could deputise but both of them are on loan at the moment.

Speaking of which, it’s a young player who spent last term away from the Hoops who they will now rue losing; Jack Hendry.

Like Urhoghide, the Scottish defender was granted a year with Oostende and during his stint in Belgium, he highly impressed. His manager at the time, Alexander Blessin was effusive in his praise of the 26-year-old, saying:

“Jack’s the most important member of the team this season and he’s one of the best defenders in the league. He can defend, he’s fast and he’s also a useful weapon at attacks because of his height.”

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Indeed, at 6 foot 4 he is quite the presence at the back and as a consequence, his stock has quick risen around Europe.

Oostende eventually signed him for a mere £990k and sold him on for a profit as he joined fellow Belgian side, Club Brugge.

Since then, his value has soared by a meteoric 500% to £8.1m via Transfermarkt. Of course, Celtic will be disappointed they didn’t receive more funds for his services, but at a time where Carter-Vickers could leave, the decision to sell Hendry will surely haunt them.

As it happens, they may well have to dip their toes into the transfer market instead.

AND in other news, Sold for £9.9m, now worth £33m: Lawwell call on “incredible” gem cost Celtic big time…

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