West Ham should loan Stephen Hendrie to Celtic next season

Celtic are keen on signing Stephen Hendrie of West Ham.

The Daily Record reported on Tuesday that Stephen Hendrie of West Ham is a target for Celtic.

The Bhoys look set to lose Emilio Izaguirre this summer, and Hendrie - who has been a long-term target of Ronny Deila - has been lined up to replace him.

The 21-year-old left-back has not yet played for West Ham, since his summer move from Hamilton. He is currently on loan at League One side Southend, where he is impressing.

The Hammers have no plans to sell Hendrie this summer, but if Celtic are open to a loan deal for the youngster, West Ham should sanction that move.

Hendrie is not going to get into Slaven Bilic’s team ahead of Aaron Cresswell, and his development should not be affected simply by staying at the Boleyn Ground.

A loan deal would be best for him, and rather than dropping down a division in England, the Bhoys could take him and show him what football is like when challenging for a title - and competing in European competition.

He would be guaranteed first-team football at Parkhead if Izaguirre is to leave, as although Kieran Tierney has impressed this season, Deila wants a more senior figure ahead of him in the pecking order.

A permanent transfer to Celtic is almost impossible, but if the Bhoys could agree a loan deal with Hendrie, it would be best for all parties involve.

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