Rab Douglas: Celtic and Newcastle target Hendry will cost upwards of £500k

Robert Douglas of Celtic during the training session prior to the UEFA Cup semi-final on April 23, 2003 at the Boavista FC Stadium in Porto, Portugal.

Celtic and Newcastle are reportedly interested in Dundee defender Jack Hendry.

Robert Douglas of Celtic signals to a team mate during the Champion's League Qualifier between Celtic and Kaunas on August 6th, 2003 at Parkhead in Glasgow, Scotland.  Celtic won the match...

Celtic legend Rab Douglas had told the Dundee Courier that Hoops and Newcastle target Jack Hendry will cost upwards of £500,000 if they want to land the defender.

The Daily Mail claim the 22-year-old is being tracked by Celtic and Newcastle, as well as Premier League sides Southampton and Crystal Palace, after Brendan Rodgers described the defender as "excellent" earlier in the season.

Former Wigan Athletic defender Hendry has shone north of the border since joining Neil McCann's side, proving instrumental in the Dark Blues' fight against relegation from the Scottish Premiership.

Douglas, who also played for Dundee, claims Hendry has got "everything in his locker" and is not surprised that bigger clubs are eyeing a move for the young defender before stating that he will command a bid of more than half a million pounds.

“I can understand why big clubs are being linked with Jack Hendry," Douglas said. “Any time I’ve seen him play I’ve been very impressed.

“He’s big, aggressive, confident, quick and can play. He passes well from the back and he also brings the ball out and commits midfielders. He’s got everything in his locker.

“If there is a big bid in January then Dundee wouldn’t be able to knock it back. It would be great business for a guy they picked up for nothing a few months ago.

“By that, I mean upwards of £500,000. That’s small change to Celtic and the English clubs he’s been linked with. If it was an offer of £200,000 to £300,000, I’d be tempted to wait until the summer.”

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and RSC Anderlecht at Celtic Park on December 5, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Making 21 appearances in all competitions, the tenacious defender has attracted attention after starring at the back in a side that have had to defend before they can attack.

The former Partick Thistle ace has even scored two goals since his move north of the border from League One side Wigan in the summer, and has 18 months remaining on his current contract at Dens Park.

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