Is Brendan Rodgers avoiding a gamble as Celtic turn attentions towards Jack Hendry?

Celtic's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers attends a press conference following a training session at the Celtic Training Centre in Lennoxtown, Scotland on December 4, 2017, on the...

Jack Hendry is one of Scotland's most promising young defenders and he certainly caught Brendan Rodgers' eye after impressing vs Celtic.

Celtic's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers applauds supporters as he leaves after the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Celtic and Anderlecht at Celtic Park stadium...

Could Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers look close to home to find The Hoops’ much-needed centre-back signing?

According to the Scottish Sun, Rodgers has made a new defender his top priority in the transfer window and it’s no surprise, given that injuries have forced him to deploy midfielder Nir Bitton in an unfamiliar centre-half role on frequent occasions in recent months.

And with The Mail reporting that interest in highly-rated Dundee talent Jack Hendry is rising by the day, now is the time for Rodgers to make a move for a player he clearly admires. The Daily Record claim that he is indeed on Celtic's radar ahead of the January window.

Jack Hendry of Dundee in action during the pre season friendly between Brechin City and Dundee at Glebe Park on July 11, 2017 in Brechin, Scotland.

'Excellent'

“The boy Hendry at the back I thought was excellent,” Rodgers told The Scottish Sun in October after Celtic were forced to work hard for a 1-0 home win against Dundee. “He’s quick and strong and is a good size.

“Scotland need centre halves and that looks like a good kid. He’s tall, he can run and he can pass. He looks a talent.”

Tavhon Campbell of Yeovil Town is tackled by Jack Hendry of MK Dons during the EFL Checkatrade Trophy Second Round match between Yeovil Town and MK Dons at Hush Park on December 6 2016 in...

Rodgers has managed to get the best out of the locally sourced talent at his disposal at Celtic with the likes of Scott Brown, Stuart Armstrong, Kieran Tierney and co all forming a vital part of his squad.

And the impressive Hendry would be an inspired addition, not just now but for the long-term future as well. And it seems as if Rodgers has realised that he should look closer to home to solve Celtic's defensive problems.

Football Ghana claimed recently that Celtic were planning to lookas far as Kuwait to find a new centre-back with Qadsia star Rashid Sumaila on their radar. And they would have signed South African international Rivaldo Coetzee from Ajax Cape Town if he had not failed his medical.

But Celtic fans may be relieved to know that Celtic are instead targeting a talented young defender who, unlike Sumaila and Coetzee, knows the Scottish game and would be far less of a gamble.

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