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Stephen McManus appointment could help Celtic's Jack Hendry

Hendry Jack of Celtic compete against Victor Klonaridis during   the UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying round second  leg match AEK FC  vs Celtic FC at the Olympic Stadium of Athens , on...

Jack Hendry has declined in a major way since joining Celtic.

Jack Hendry of Celtic heads at goal during the Scottish Premier League between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on May 9, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

If time flies when you're having fun then the last 12 months must've felt like a decade for Celtic centre-back Jack Hendry.

One year on from his £1.5 million move to Celtic from Dundee, Hendry has gone backwards. He isn't having fun.

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The 23-year-old started the season as one of the Hoops' main centre-backs, but a series of shaky performances, culminating in fans slating him on Twitter, has seen his confidence and playing time dented in a serious way.

Hendry hasn't kicked a ball under Brendan Rodgers since October and now the Northern Irishman has a dilemma: does he loan him out for the next five months or stick with him in the hope that it clicks all of a sudden?

 

Going by Monday's announcement, the latter option might be the smartest.

Former Celtic centre-back Stephen McManus, who made over 150 Premiership appearances for the Parkhead club, returned in a coaching capacity yesterday.

McManus, the new Under-18s coach, wouldn't directly be working with Rodgers's senior side, but he would be in the same vicinity as Hendry on a daily basis and surely the 36-year-old would be willing to pass on some physical and mental advice with regards to playing centre-back.

Hendry's problem isn't so much that he's a terrible defender, because three caps for Scotland say otherwise, but his confidence is shot to pieces and maybe, just maybe, McManus is the perfect figure to help rebuild it.

Jack Hendry (D) of Celtic battles for the ball during the UEFA Champions League, Qualifying Third Round 2nd Leg match between AEK Athens and Celtic,  at  OAKA stadium, on August 14, 2018...

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