Exclusive: McNamara believes senior Celtic player at risk of being forgotten - 'He needs to go'

Jackie McNamara believes Celtic defender Jack Hendry is at risk of being forgotten about.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the Hoops legend urged the centre-back to secure an exit from Parkhead in January as he needs to be regularly playing.

It was recently reported that Hearts are set to offer Hendry a way out of Celtic as they’re keen to do a deal for him.

McNamara explained that the centre-back is at an age where he needs to be regularly playing as well as learning his trade.

The ex-Hoops enforcer noted that it didn’t matter who Hendry joined, it is just important he goes to a club that will utilise him.

When asked whether Hearts would be the ideal move for Hendry in January, McNamara told Football Insider: “I think he needs to go and play, wherever that may be.

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“He didn’t really make it at Wigan before going to Dundee, so his best spell was probably at Dundee and at that age, it’s probably important that he is playing and learning.

“Yeah (when asked if he’ll be frustrated as at risk of being forgotten), there’s that side of it, people do forget if you’re not playing or if you’re injured.

“And he’s not played a lot of football over their last 18 months, so he needs to go and put himself out there and get noticed.”

Hendry has played only once for Neil Lennon’s side this season with him playing 11 minutes of the 5-0 win over Patrick Thistle in the Scottish Cup.

The 24-year-old joined the Hoops from Dundee in January 2018 and his Celtic contract isn’t due to expire until 2022.

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