‘I don’t know’: Celtic defender Jack Hendry focusing on Euro 2020 amid transfer speculation
Celtic defender Jack Hendry has stated – via the Glasgow Times – that he is focusing on helping Scotland succeed at Euro 2020, despite speculation over his club future.
Hendry is due to return to Parkhead later this summer after spending the season on loan with KV Oostende. The Belgian outfit hold an option to buy the 26-year-old, which they have stated they intend to trigger (Daily Record).
But the Kustboys have to activate the £2million clause soon and are yet to reach an agreement with the Hoops. Hendry also has interest from Crystal Palace, Leicester, Newcastle and West Ham, who could offer Oostende a quick profit (90min).
Premier League suitors are lining up after Hendry shone as Oostende strove to qualify for Europe 12-months after avoiding relegation. The centre-back started 29 of his 30 appearances and helped to six clean sheets.
Yet Hendry is letting his future play out in the background after being named in Steve Clarke’s Euro 2020 squad. The European Championship is the defender’s sole focus and intends to let his representatives handle any potential transfer.
“I don’t know where I will be next season,” Hendry said. “I am concentrating on Scotland and letting those sort of things happen with my representatives and the club. What will be will be so for me, the main focus just now is these training sessions and games for Scotland.
“I have been in the situation before when I have been linked with clubs, it is nothing to me, it is at the back of my mind. I am not concentrating on that at all. My main focus is coming away with Scotland, helping the squad and trying to make an impact in this team.”
TBR’s view: Celtic could regret Hendry leaving
Hendry was surplus to requirements under Neil Lennon with the former Celtic boss only ever awarding him one appearance. A move to Oostende saw the Glasgow-born defender find regular game time and the deal could now haunt the Hoops.
Celtic’s next manager may be more receptive to awarding Hendry opportunities to feature after impressing in Belgium. But those chances may not come, all the while Oostende can make a quick profit should he impress this summer.
Even if the new boss is not a fan, the Parkhead side could have capitalised on Hendry’s form without the – what now seems to be – a cheap permanent clause.
Hendry hardly seems intent on returning, though, having sparked doubt over his Celtic future by stating that it is at the back of his mind and that his agent can handle any potential transfer.
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