Jack Hendry has said that he is open to a return to Celtic, though has admitted his frustration at Neil Lennon’s unwillingness to give him game time during the Irishman’s second spell at the club. Speaking to BBC Sport, Hendry said that he wants to play every week but doesn’t know where that is yet.
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, being shipped out on loan under Neil Lennon.
“I’m open to anything that comes my way. It’s vital that wherever I choose next season, I need to play every week to continue my development. If Celtic want to keep me, that’s something they would need to make a decision on.”
Celtic defender Jack Hendry has questioned whether he was given a 'fair opportunity' at the Scottish Premiership club before being loaned out to Belgian side KV Oostende this season. pic.twitter.com/q9Hqd0KuEF
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The 25-year-old is entering the prime of his career but feels that he was never offered a chance under Lennon to prove his worth.
“It’s frustrating that I was never given the opportunity to show what I could do. The way I’m performing, I could have a real good impact and it’s not been nice seeing the way the season has panned out for them.”
Oostende have offered Hendry the opportunity to get playing again, allowing him to prove himself to Celtic or potential suitors. Celtic need to make another decision on Hendry and it is likely that he will start the pre-season under new management before a decision is made on him.
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.