Oostende are currently keen to make Jack Hendry’s loan a permanent move, with the Daily Record reporting that Celtic have no option to bring the defender back this month.
The Hoops’ decision to loan the 25-year-old appeared to be a smart move in the summer. Hendry had struggled to live up to expectations during his time at Parkhead.
But the centre-back appears to be getting his career back on track in Belgium. And with Neil Lennon’s men struggling for options at the back, some may have been tempted to ask whether Hendry could be brought back into the fold.
Unfortunately for any Celtic fan hoping for Hendry to return this month, it appears that that is not possible.
According to the Daily Record, there is no clause for the champions to end Hendry’s loan now. And it is noted that Oostende would like to make his loan permanent at the end of the season.
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In hindsight, Celtic may have made an error not including a clause that would have allowed the Bhoys to bring Hendry back this month.
But perhaps a bigger error may come to light further down the line. The Record also claims that Hendry is attracting big interest from clubs in England ahead of the summer.
That would hint that Hendry may attract a significant fee in the next window. Unfortunately for Celtic, it appears that could be Oostende who receive those offers.
KVO reported in July that they have the option to make Hendry’s move permanent. So perhaps they could be tempted to sign him and see if they are offered the chance to make a big profit in the same window.