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Celtic boss Neil Lennon drops Jack Hendry hint

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.

It looks like Jack Hendry might be getting a lifeline at Celtic.

Jack Hendry of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the Betfred Scottish League Cup Semi Final between Heart of Midlothian FC and Celtic FC on October 28, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Neil Lennon has name-checked Jack Hendry as a potential replacement for Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic.

Simunovic is reportedly out of action until 2020 with a knee injury [Scottish Herald]

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It leaves the Celtic manager a little light on recognised replacements at centre-back. Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien are Lennon's first-choice duo right now, while the likes of Hatem Elhamed and Nir Bitton - who is injured - can play there.

One man who looked completely out of the picture in Glasgow is Hendry, who has managed only 11 minutes for the Bhoys since February.

 

A failed loan move away from Celtic this past summer means that he is also a potential deputy for Simunovic, and Lennon hinted that he could play his way into his plans.

He told The Scottish Sun: "It's good to have that cover. Obviously Jozo is a big miss.

"We've also got Jack Hendry who is playing tonight in a development game so hopefully he'll get up to speed quickly as well."

Hendry posted a cryptic message on Instagram after failing to get a move away from Lennoxtown last month, writing, "You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life".

Jack Hendry of Celtic controls the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between FC Salzburg and Celtic at Red Bull Arena Wals-Siezenheim on October 4, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria.

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