Alan Hutton admits he was surprised by Celtic defender Jack Hendry’s decision to join A-League side Melbourne City on loan. 

The former Rangers and Aston Villa right-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was left confused by the defender’s decision to move to Australia but believes a change of surroundings may benefit the 24-year-old.

It was announced on Wednesday that Hendry would join Melbourne, who currently sit second in Australia’s top division, on loan until the end of the season.

The centre-back made just one substitute appearance for The Hoops in the 2019/20 campaign, having fallen out of favour with manager Neil Lennon.

Hutton hopes that the exit from Parkhead can help the former Dundee defender get back to the level of performance which saw him capped three times by the Scottish national side.

“There is a good player in there,” the ex-Spurs player told Football Insider.

“He has not had the best of times since he has come to Celtic. He has not played a lot. He has not been given the opportunity. I do not see his future being at Celtic, so it is a case of going away and working hard and getting back to the level he was at.

“His ambitions will be to play at a high level in Scotland so the move does surprise me but perhaps he wants to try something new and see where it takes him.”

On Saturday, Hendry made his debut for City in a goalless draw against Perth Glory, earning plaudits for a performance which saw him included in the A-League Team of the week.

He has a total of 27 appearances under his belt for Celtic.

In other Celtic news, Whelan fires warning to Celtic new boy after Liverpool comments.