According to the Daily Record, Kilmarnock and Motherwell are chasing Celtic centre-half Jack Hendry.
The centre-back doesn’t seem to have a Parkhead future, with the Premiership duo reportedly keen on taking him on loan. Hendry hasn’t made an appearance under Hoops boss Neil Lennon.
Should Killie and the Steelmen be so ‘keen’ on the defender though?
Celtic outcast Hendry would come suit Kilmarnock rather than Motherwell
Defensive midfielder Nir Biton has been fielded over Hendry at centre-back this season. It’s clear that their isn’t a future for Hendry at Parkhead right now.
That’s not to say he isn’t a decent defender. The centre-back showed promise at Dundee prior to his Parkhead move. As time has went on, he has slowly fallen down the ladder at Celtic.
His career hinges on a decent move this summer. A loan move to Motherwell might not work out for Hendry, as they play a style he wouldn’t be comfortable with.
Stephen Robinson has the Steelmen playing it out from the back. It puts an emphasis on the likes of Charles Dunne to make plenty of positive passes.
This style has had mixed results and Hendry wouldn’t suit this. His lackadaisical ball-retention and erratic passing would make him a potential liability in the Well backline.
These traits were on full display last season against AEK Athens. He gave away the ball cheaply, allowing the Greeks to score a goal that knocked Celtic out of the Champions League.
Kilmarnock wouldn’t be too bad though. There isn’t as much emphasis on playing from back to front. It’s more about doing the basics right, something Hendry managed to do very well whilst at Dundee.
Kirk Broadfoot is getting on a bit and Alex Bruce isn’t getting any younger. Hendry would add decent competition to the backline. The last ex-Celtic centre-back Killie signed, Stuart Findlay, hasn’t performed too badly.
Hendry needs to leave Celtic this summer. A move to Fir Park may not work out, but an Ayrshire spell could be decent for the defender.