Alan Hutton admits he is gutted to hear that Celtic defender Jack Hendry has picked up a serious knee injury.

The former Rangers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that it is a seriously cruel blow for the centre-back after leaving Parkhead on loan last month.

Hendry’s temporary side Melbourne City confirmed earlier this week that the 24-year-old had suffered torn medial collateral ligaments and would undergo surgery on Tuesday to address the issue.

Hutton insists his heart bleeds for the Hoops defender and hopes that he can make a swift recovery before the end of the season.

“Nightmare, it is a nightmare but do you know what, it’s difficult for players when you’ve not been playing for a long time and you have to step up to a certain level,” Hutton told Football Insider.

“It can be tough and obviously he’s went over there to get his career back on track and this has happened. It’s a shame, he’s not going to be out for too long, I hope.

“He’s a good player and you want to see him play so it is a shame, I obviously just wish him all the best and hope he gets back playing as soon as possible.”

Hendry was playing just his second game for Melbourne when he came off with his injury blow, having featured just once for Celtic in the first half of the season.

He has a total of 27 appearances under his belt for the Hoops since moving from Dundee back in January 2018.

In other Celtic news, Jackie McNamara has made a “world-class” claim after Chris Sutton’s comments on a Parkhead star.