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4th Apr, 2018 | 6:32pm

22-year-old deserves extended Celtic first-team run to prove doubters wrong


With Celtic’s centre-back situation a bit of a mess at this moment in time, one player who can take advantage of that and establish himself as a first-team regular is Jack Hendry.

The 22-year-old January signing from Dundee has been in and out of the side since making his Hoops debut in a 1-0 loss to Kilmarnock, most recently he replaced Dedryck Boyata at half-time of the 3-0 win over Ross County.

Some fans seem unconvinced that Hendry is worth the £1million that the Hoops paid to the Dens Park side for the player, but now he seems to have a good chance to prove the doubters wrong.

With Boyata and Jozo Simunovic both out of form, Hendry has a good chance to make one of the centre-back positions at Parkhead his own.

With Kristoffer Ajer seemingly a first-choice starter, there is a battle on for who else gets to play at the back for the Hoops, even Mikael Lustig is involved, as he played centre-back in the recent win over Ross County.

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With his fellow January centre-back signing Marvin Compper rarely featuring for the Hoops, Hendry has a chance to put himself into pole position for the rest of this season and for the start of next season, and the Champions League qualifiers.

A good performance against Dundee on Wednesday should be the launching pad for Hendry’s time as a regular for the Hoops.

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