Jackie McNamara suggests that Celtic defender Jack Hendry is looking for a permanent move from Parkhead after sealing a loan to Melbourne City.

The former Hoops and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 24-year-old is likely planning for a life after the Bhoys and hopes a temporary spell away will boost his chances.

Celtic confirmed on Wednesday that Hendry would spend the rest of the season with Melbourne, the A-League side sitting second in Australia’s top flight.

Having seen the three-cap Scotland international seriously struggle for game time under Neil Lennon, McNamara says that Hendry will be looking to leave the club for good.

McNamara told Football Insider: “I think a loan, you know, he’s not played in a long time, I think he’ll be going on loan to show them and if he does well then get a permanent move – that will be his aim.

“It doesn’t seem he has a future at Celtic. They’ll (other clubs) have people there, watching the games and seeing what’s there, they’ll be able to see clips of him so I don’t think he’ll be completely off the radar to see if he’s producing or not.” 

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Hendry has just one appearance totalling 11 minutes under his belt for the Hoops this season, having played just 15 times across all competitions last campaign.

He has a total of 27 outings to his name since arriving at Parkhead from Dundee back in 2018, having left the Bhoys for Peterborough as a youngster.

In other Celtic news, McNamara says there is clearly something going on after a “personal” spat involving a Hoops star.