Brendan Rodgers was applauded for his transfer work while at Celtic over deals for the likes of Moussa Dembele, Scott Sinclair, Kris Ajer and Odsonne Edouard – but he made some howlers too, and one might have already played his last game for Celtic.
Signed for a compensation fee of around £500,000, Moussa Dembele moved to Lyon for almost £20million. Ajer and Edouard are both said to be worth hefty eight-figure fees, while at just £3million, Scott Sinclair was excellent.
But Rodgers was guilty for a number of poor signings too. Kouassi Eboue has just moved on loan to KRC Genk, while Marvin Compper, Cristian Gamboa, Charly Musonda, Kundai Benyu and Youssouf Mulumbu were certainly questionable.
Another to add to that list is £1.5million (Record) signing Jack Hendry, who has managed just 27 appearances since joining Scottish champions Celtic from Dundee in the summer of 2018. He has a contract until the summer of 2022.
That length of contract convinced Neil Lennon to let Hendry – a three-time Scotland international – go on loan to Australian A-League side Melbourne City last month. But Hendry has received a bitter blow, days after completing a move.
That is because the giant centre-back suffered an injury in just his second outing for Melbourne, and the player has confirmed he has undergone surgery on Instagram. Given it is likely to be a lengthy injury, could he have played his last game for Celtic?
Hendry managed just one outing this season before playing for Celtic, an 11-minute cameo role against Partick Thistle in the Cup. The competition ahead of the defender has seen him plummet down the pecking order, even playing in the reserves.
Jozo Simunovic has returned from injury, Kris Ajer continues to be first choice, Christopher Jullien has been a top signing, Nir Bitton can play at centre-back – as can Hatem Abd Elhamed. There is just no room for Hendry.
Impressing in Australia on loan, returning and having a strong pre-season may have seen Hendry re-installed as a squad player. But his knee injury is likely to have seen the defender play his last competitive game for the Hoops.