Celtic have been linked to several new names this transfer window as the deadline looms closer. The Hoops are yet to recruit any new personnel but Nick Hammond will undoubtedly be scouring the market for the club’s next big talent.
But along with any potential new signings, the Hoops are also looking at shifting some of the players already on their books. According to the Daily Mail, via the Daily Record, forgotten defender Jack Hendry is set to leave Parkhead as loan side KV Oostende prepare to make his stay in Belgium permanent.
This is somewhat of a questionable move given the fact that Neil Lennon is currently struggling with his defence. The Bhoys continue to have issues plugging their leaky backline as they continue to let goals in. Their short-lived Europa League run saw them concede the joint highest amount of goals with a mammoth 19, as per UEFA.
Only Ludogorets and Dundalk shipped this many goals, which is very out of character for the usually dominant Glaswegians.
However, Hendry has fallen down the pecking order and is no longer considered a viable option for Lennon. With just over a year left on his current Celtic contract, Hammond has wasted no time in striking a deal to ensure he leaves the club in exchange for a bit of pocket money for the transfer window.
Despite not featuring for the reigning Premiership champions since 2019, Hammond has managed to bank an expected £1.75million for the sale of Hendry. This will see the Hoops collect a tidy profit of £250,000, improving on the fee they paid for the centre-back in 2018 after signing him from Dundee.
Given the fact that Hendry has been out on loan since 2019 and has just 27 total appearances under his belt for Celtic, this deal is very impressive. Lining Peter Lawwell’s pockets with a slight profit will seriously impress the Scotsman. This puts them in good stead to tackle the transfer window head on and hopefully bring in some new faces to make 2021/22 a better season.
In other news, Celtic must avoid making any further moves to sign Tom Ince…