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Jack Hendry would have been the perfect centre-half for Ange Postecoglou at Celtic, the Scotland international’s former Partick Thistle coach Alan Archibald has told The Herald. 

The irony was lost on no one. 

24 hours after Hendry helped keep PSG’s Harlem Globetrotter front line off the scoresheet at the Jan Breydel Stadium, restricting Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to half-chances during a 1-1 draw with Club Brugge, a Celtic side who sold the Glasgow-born giant for just £1.5 million would have been wishing they could turn back the clock.

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Ange Postecoglou’s side were 2-0 up and cruising at the sixth-best team in Spain last night.

But, in the space of just 18 minutes either side of half time, a two-goal lead turned into a 4-2 deficit with Cameron Carter-Vickers and the £4.5 million Carl Starfelt at sea without a paddle. 

Should Celtic have given Jack Hendry more of a chance?

And Archibald, who was part of the Partick coaching staff when Hendry made his senior debut six years ago, believes Celtic made a mistake when they offloaded the 26-year-old after a grand total of 15 Premiership games. 

“He had to leave Celtic to get game time. Looking at it from the outside, I don’t think he got a fair crack of the whip there,” Archibald says. 

“When Brendan (Rodgers) signed him, he asked us about him. He loved his pace and the way he could recover. His one-on-one defending was very good. That’s why he signed him. 

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“One thing Jack will always do is keep taking the ball and try to pass and play. But he made a couple of errors at Parkhead and continued making them. A lot of fans don’t forgive you for that. 

“The manager at Celtic now (Postecoglou) would probably love him because of the way he likes to play – open and expansive.  

“Yes, he made a few mistakes but he’s learned from them. Fast forward a few years and he has moved for millions and is playing in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain.” 

Club Brugge paid a bargain £3.5 million to sign Hendry this summer after a fine spell at KV Oostende. However, it seems unlikely he’ll be sticking around for long. 

Hendry has been linked with a host of Premier League sides recently, with Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Wolves and more expressing an interest. 


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