Defence has been a worry for Celtic this season. They have struggled to prevent teams from scoring against them on a number of occasions with a number of their defenders struggling to find form or fitness.
One man who has shined though has been away on loan in the form of Jack Hendry. The Scottish international found opportunities hard to come by under Neil Lennon and was sent out on loan to Belgian side KV Oostende at the start of the campaign.
It is safe to say that he has impressed during his time there. And naturally, the Belgian side appear to be keen about holding on to him.
As reported by the Daily Record, Hendry confirmed that talks are on going at the moment although his future is not decided yet:
“I still have a year left on my contract at Celtic but Oostende have first option on me. They are trying to activate that just now.
“Those talks are on-going with my management team just now. I just need to concentrate on my football and we’ll see what happens from there.
“I haven’t really thought about my future. The only thing is that wherever I am next season I know I need to be playing or having a chance of playing because that is the only way I will continue to improve and develop as a player.”
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Could Hendry have a future at Celtic?
KV Oostende are believed to have the option to sign him on a permanent basis when his loan deal comes to an end for a pre-agreed transfer fee. And as a result, agreeing terms with Hendry himself appears to be the only thing that they need to do in order to keep him at the club.
The defender will still have a year left on his contract at the end of this season though and could opt to return to Parkhead if he wanted.
With a new manager expected to be brought in over the next few months, there is the possibility that he could be provided a lot of opportunities in the first-team, especially considering the fact that Kristoffer Ajer is being linked with a move away while Shane Duffy’s loan deal is also set to come to an end.
As a result, there would be a lack of options at centre-back for the Hoops unless new players are brought in and Hendry could have the chance to be a part of a new look team. It remains to be seen though whether he decides to remain at KV Oostende or return to Celtic.