Celtic are reportedly hopeful of luring Dundee talent Jack Hendry to Parkhead in January.

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.

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