The lack of competition at the top end of Scottish football is certainly not helped by Celtic’s tendency to hoover up the league’s best talent and then arrange them in an orderly fashion on the Parkhead substitute’s bench.
As Jonny Hayes, Nadir Ciftci or Gary Mackay-Steven will tell you, there is a big gap between ‘the best’ and ‘the rest’ and making that step up can be easier said than done.
So with The Mail reporting that Celtic are aiming to enhance an already wildly talented squad with the addition of arguably the most promising young centre-half in the league, you can see why fans of his current club are advising him to stay.
The report claims that Celtic are attempting to land Dundee’s 22-year-old Jack Hendry in the mid-season transfer window as Brendan Rodgers aims to increase the depth of his defensive options.
Henry, who has drawn comparisons with John Stones, has also been linked with Premier League trio Newcastle United, Crystal Palace and Southampton – but Rodgers is clearly a keen admirer of a player who only joined Dundee from Wigan Athletic in July.
“The boy Hendry at the back I thought was excellent,” Rodgers said after Celtic’s narrow win against Dundee in October. “He’s quick and strong, and is a good size. Scotland need centre-halves and he looks a talent.”
Hendry would have his work cut out earning a first-team place at Parkhead right now, however. And Dundee fans believe he should stay where he is or risk following Hayes and co into obscurity.
Jack Hendry must stay at @dundeefconline for the rest of the season and then see where everyone stands. To go to Celtic and then find Brendan Rodgers gone might prove a rash career move.— Patrick Barclay (@paddybarclay) December 6, 2017
Totally agree better off staying with us get more experience and if form stays the same he’ll get a big move to a club where he will play regular not warm a bench, really hope he stays been outstanding for us— Lee Connelly (@LConnelly84) December 6, 2017
Completely agree, also don't think a move will happen in January, think the club will take time with situations like this and be a lot more professional in dealing with it under McCann than they have in previous times— sean ferguson (@seanfergusonnn) December 6, 2017
Goes there and gets splinters on the arse from the buy n bench, Celtic moan there’s no competition at home, reason, they break up teams and flash the cash, player gets rich and easy Scottish medals— Ian spence (@Douknowtheman) December 6, 2017
Morgan and hendry will never get a game there waste of time moving there.— Trev (@footballchat_) December 6, 2017
Agreed, he should stay for a couple of seasons at Dundee then the big teams in England will come calling, he's that good!— Tom Anderson (@TomAnderson1955) December 6, 2017
If Jack Hendry moves to Celtic swear I’m going to cry— Lauren Anderson (@laurenn171) December 6, 2017
He’s potentially a top player and seems a sensible guy. I recon he knows more 1st team football, shining at Dens would earn him an even better move on better terms down the line. Look at how others who@have jumped the gun have paled into insignificance.— Scott Mcruvie (@scottmcruvie) December 7, 2017