In Focus: Celtic need to stop best Scottish talents moving to Premier League

As reported by the Daily Mail, Celtic face competition from three English Premier League clubs if they want to secure the signing of Dundee defender Jack Hendry in January.

What’s the story?

With the transfer window now just days away, Hoops fans are expecting the club to get business done during the month to boost Brendan Rodgers’ squad and improve a defence that has been much criticised this season.

One defender interesting Celtic is Dundee defender Jack Hendry, who played against Brendan Rodgers’ side on Boxing Day.

That’s according to the Daily Mail, who say the 22-year-old had been expected to make the move to Glasgow in January.

However, the paper say that Celtic now face competition from Premier League trio Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Southampton, who most recently watched the player in action during the Hoops’ win over the Dees yesterday.

The young defender has been in fantastic form for struggling Dundee this season, even being singled out for praise by Rodgers after their visit to Celtic Park in October.

Talent drain

Despite often attracting stars to Glasgow from around the world, Celtic need to ensure that they retain a Scottish core to their squad, not least to comply with squad rules for UEFA competitions.

While many of these players will come from the club’s own academy set-up at Lennoxtown, it’s also vital that they bring the best Scottish talent to the club, rather than see them lost to the English Premier League.

Jack Hendry has already had a spell in England with Wigan Athletic after moving from Partick Thistle and if he’s a talent that Rodgers recognises is potentially great, the Hoops can’t afford to let him move south again.

It’s difficult enough for Celtic to compete with the riches of the Premier League without them also acquiring the best players already in Scotland.