Celtic finally set to cash in on defender away on loan

Peter Lawwell and Neil Lennon, Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Peter Lawwell and Neil Lennon, Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) /

It is no secret that the Celtic squad needs to undergo a major overhaul in the summer after the nightmare that they have endured this season. It is expected that Neil Lennon will be shown the exit door at some point in the future and a number of top players are expected to follow.

There are the usual suspects like Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie, Kristoffer Ajer and Olivier Ntcham, all of whom have been linked with Parkhead exits for quite some time now. Then there is also the small matter of letting go of the underperforming loan players.

All in all, a number of new faces can be expected at Celtic next season as they look to get things back on track under a new manager, whoever that turns out to be. Of course, the squad revamp will need money, which is expected to come through player sales. And the first of them does not seem too far away.

As reported by the Daily Mail and as cited by Video Celts:

"Celtic are set to rake in a £1.75m windfall for Scotland defender Jack Hendry. Belgian side KV Oostende are ready to activate a purchase option in their loan deal with the Parkhead club after the 25-year-old helped them build one of the strongest defensive records in the Pro League.And they hope it will silence talk of a potential return to Celtic for Hendry, who joined Oostende in a temporary switch after falling out of favour at the Scottish champions."

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Now, many will argue that Hendry did not get a fair shot at Parkhead. He was out of the first-team for the most part but has done very well since moving to KV Oostende on loan in the summer.

And now, the Belgian side are ready to make the deal permanent by activating the buy on clause in his contract, which is not much by modern day transfer market standards. The question is, are Celtic losing a good player on the cheap once again?

To be fair to them, nobody could have foreseen the success that Hendry would go on to have away on loan. And in hindsight, the buy on clause is clearly very low and KV Oostende would probably have been happy to pay more.

What is done is done though and now the focus should be on reinvesting that transfer fee into new players who can actually make an impact on the team next season.

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