Exclusive – A number of Premier League clubs and several others across Europe have enquired about Celtic centre-back Jack Hendry, who is currently making a name for himself on loan in Belgium.
Hendry had been unable to break into the Celtic team since transferring from Dundee in 2018 and a loan spell in Australia with Melbourne City was ended by injury. But the 25-year-old late bloomer has reignited his career this season with KV Oostende in the Belgian top flight.
Hendry has emerged as one of the top centre-backs currently playing in Belgium and Oostende, despite being a mid-table side, have one of the best defensive records in the division.
90min has learned that Premier League trio Aston Villa, Wolves and Brighton have all taken an interest an enquired about Hendry. Championship promotion chasers Bournemouth are on his tail as well, as are Werder Bremen and Freiburg in Germany’s Bundesliga.
Danish side Brondby, the Eredivie’s AZ Alkmaar and Belgian rivals Genk have also enquired.
Oostende would ideally like to keep Hendry, but the level of interest makes that unlikely.
Celtic have previously made it known that they don’t see a future for Hendry at Parkhead – his sole appearance in 2019/20 prior to his loan in Australia was as a substitute in the Scottish League Cup – but that opinion could even change as a result of his career rejuvenation.
Hendry was called up by Scotland in 2018 and made three appearances in friendlies. He is still being monitored by national team boss Steve Clarke and 90min understands he is under consideration for a recall ahead of the summer’s delayed European Championship.
A high profile move in January could even help his case in that respect. The tournament is Scotland’s first appearance on a major international stage in 23 years and an opportunity that an entire generation of Scottish players have missed out on.