Brendan Rodgers demanded that Celtic did not miss out on signing Jack Hendry in the January transfer window.
It seemed that the Hoops were unwilling to pay the £1.5 million fee required to bring the Dundee defender to Parkhead but, once Rodgers made it clear that he was desperate not to miss out, Hendry was soon spotted posing in green and white, as reported by TEAMtalk.
And, just a fortnight later, the decision to bow down to Rodgers’ demands is already looking a good one. Because, not for the first time this season, Celtic are suffering something of a defensive injury crisis.
The Hoops already lost Dedryck Boyata to injury prior to their Europa League clash with Zenit St Petersburg and now Nir Bitton, the midfielder who has filled in at centre-half at times this season, has been ruled out for the rest of the season as he requires knee surgery.
To make matters worse, Jozo Simunovic is bang out of form right now and Erik Sviatchenko left on loan for FC Midtjylland during the January transfer window.
Suddenly, Hendry looks like a key man already with assistant manager Chris Davis insisting that the club have ‘no qualms’ about picking the ball-playing centre-half for the daunting match against Russian giants Zenit, the most prolific side in this season’s Europa League so far.
Hendry is a player with real quality but it will be interesting to see how he responds to being thrown in at the deep end.