Jackie McNamara suggests that Celtic defender Jack Hendry will be weighing up a potential exit from Parkhead after struggling for any meaningful game time this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Hoops and Scotland star says that the 24-year-old will be desperate to be playing on a regular basis and that he may have to look at moving away to seal first-team football.

As exclusively revealed by Football Insider, the centre-back is set to be in demand from a number of English sides in January, with Neil Lennon open to handing the three-cap international a loan move or even a potential permanent exit.

Having played just 11 minutes in the Scottish League Cup this season, McNamara suggests that Hendry will be considering his future after struggling to topple those ahead of him in the pecking order.

McNamara told Football Insider: “The centre-halves have done really well. You look at the ones who came in and have done well – last year Benkovic and Ajer were very good.

“It’s not so much down to him, you can maybe look at the form of others that’s maybe stopped his progression. Another one that last year got injured, missed a big chunk of football and has not featured at all this year.

“I think he’ll want to play, aye, it’s inevitable he’ll be desperate to play, but there’s a number of players at Celtic feeling the same way. They do need a big squad for the four competitions they’re still in. The players will look to themselves to see if they’re going to get the opportunity to be part of it.” 

Hendry, who joined the Bhoys from Dundee back in January 2018, has played 27 times for the Glasgow giants but has not been favoured by current manager Lennon.

His League Cup outing was his first and only appearance during the Northern Irishman’s time in charge, Brendan Rodgers handing him his other 26 outings.

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