Celtic must sign John Terry on short-term deal to take Jack Hendry under his wing

Celtic crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday night and it was once again their defence that failed to stand up to the test, and Brendan Rodgers must not look to take a punt on bringing free agent John Terry to Celtic Park.

What’s the word, then?

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Well, the Bhoys would have been hoping to reach the group stages of Europe’s elite club competition having drawn 1-1 with AEK Athens in the first leg of their qualifier earlier this month.

However, in the Greek capital on Tuesday they quickly found themselves 2-0 behind and with a mountain to climb, and their backline was certainly not at its best for both of the hosts’ goals.

With Dedryck Boyata reportedly looking to secure a move away before August 31 and with the likes of Kris Ajer, Jozo Simunovic and Jack Hendry not looking to be up to the task, Rodgers’ priority may well be to sign a centre-back in the not-too-distant future.

Why should he sign Terry?

The likes of Ajer and Hendry certainly seem to have great potential at the ages of 20 and 23 respectively, but perhaps they need that experienced leader alongside them to tell them what they need to be doing to improve their defensive games.

Terry would do exactly that given the wealth of experience and quality he has shown throughout his career, and he is currently available for nothing having left Aston Villa at the end of his one-year deal this summer.

The 37-year-old could well jump at the opportunity to compete for one last league title with his career drawing to a close, and he would be the ideal player to take someone like Hendry, who has been criticised by his own supporters on Twitter for his displays, under his wing.