Celtic loan roundup – misfit becomes hero at loan club with late winner as starlet helps earn cleansheet

JACK HENDRY is the new hero of KV Oostende after the Celtic misfit netted a 95th minute winner. The 25-year-old was there to net a winner against KV Mechelen. Meanwhile, Lee O’Connor played 90 minutes as his loan club Tranmere Rovers earned a clean sheet.

Hendry joined in January 2018 from Dundee but has faced criticism from supporters for some shaky performances for the Scottish Champions. Brendan Rodgers signed Hendry for north of £2m but has failed to prove himself at Celtic Park. Meanwhile, O’Connor joined last summer from Manchester United but whilst Jeremie Frimpong pushed on into the first team, the Irishman has been forced to go out on loan to find regular first team football.

Oostende will offer Hendry the opportunity to get playing again to either prove himself to Celtic or resurrect his own career, which has stalled since moving to Glasgow. With two years left on his Celtic deal, Hendry can standout in Belgium.

Hendry arrived for a high fee, which would have added extra pressure to the youngster. Rodgers appeared content asking him to play at right back as well as at the heart of defence; however, he has struggled to justify the price tag – often copping flak when thrown in at the deep end by Rodgers. AEK Athens away was an example of Hendry being put in the deep end and judged harshly after a few games.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He plans to be at every game until we get to the Ten ourselves. He's in his Honours Year studying Law and plans to specialise in Sports Law when he graduates. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

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