Neil Lennon has challenged Jack Hendry to force his way into the Celtic starting XI after failing to secure a move away from the club.
It had been reported (Daily Record) that Hendry was being considered to be part of the deal that saw Greg Taylor join from Kilmarnock, but the defender supposedly wasn’t keen.
He remains at Parkhead, and Lennon has admitted it will be difficult for him to get regular game time.
Indeed, he is way down the pecking order, with Kris Ajer, Jozo Simunovic, Nir Bitton, Hatem Abd Elhamed all ahead of him.
Speaking about the 24-year-old’s situation, Lennon said (quoted by The Scottish Sun): “There were other parties that might have intervened or interrupted the process.
“We will work away with Jack and get him up to speed, he has been out for a long time with injury.
“It’s going to be difficult for him but it’s down to him to take it head on.”
With Ajer, Bitton and Simunovic all currently injured, perhaps this will be his best opportunity all season to get some minutes – but even so, it’s unlikely.
Ajer is the likeliest to return on time after the international break finishes, with Bitton needing to see a specialist according to Lennon and Bitton potentially facing a month out.
Hendry hasn’t looked remotely close to becoming a regular since Lennon took charge, so a monumental turnaround will be required for the 24-year-old.