Alex Bruce has urged Celtic defender Jack Hendry to quit the club and even re-join Dundee to reignite his career.

The former Premier League centre-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the 24-year-old is wasting his time with the Hoops after a lack of game time.

Having failed to make a single appearance during the first half of the season, Hendry left Parkhead in January to join Australian A-League club Melbourne City on loan until the end of the campaign.

However, after playing just two games down under, the 6ft 3in powerhouse was forced to undergo surgery after damaging his medial collateral ligament in his knee.

Having played alongside Hendry during their time at Wigan Athletic, Bruce believes his old teammate needs to find a move and get back to playing for the good of his career.

Bruce told Football Insider: “The one thing I would say to anyone who’s at a big club and not playing is there’s always lesser clubs you can go and play for.

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“When you’re playing and playing games, that’s when you can be judged. When you’re sitting at a club like Celtic and you’re not playing – it’s like the lad who I was at Wigan with, Jack Hendry.

“You think it’s better to go and play for a club like Celtic and sign and you don’t play, you get your head down and all the rest of it. There’s always life, especially when you’re at a good age like he is, to go and prove yourself somewhere else. Don’t be afraid of taking a step down to come back again.

“Hendry got a decent reputation for himself, went to Celtic and hasn’t played really. To go back to a Dundee or somewhere like that to get back playing, you’re always better off doing that. I know you might like being associated with a club like Celtic but if you’re not playing, you’re no good to anybody.” 

Having joined Celtic back in January 2018, Hendry has managed to make just 27 appearances for the Glasgow giants.

He has three caps for Scotland under his belt with his debut coming just two months after his move to Parkhead.

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