EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Celtic and Rangers are ready to battle it out in January for Dundee defender Jack Hendry, Football Insider sources understand.
The Glasgow giants have both set their sights on Hendry, who has impressed for Dundee this season and his performances against both clubs have made him a target.
Well-placed sources from both clubs told Football Insider that Rangers and Celtic are lining up bids for Hendry when the winter window opens.
The powerful central defender won praise from Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers after his side’s narrow 1-0 defeat at Parkhead in October tipping Hendry for a call-up to the Scotland team.
Rodgers has kept tabs on Hendry since that game and is ready to make a move for the 22-year-old when the transfer window reopens in January.
Celtic are planning to bolster his defensive options due to the injury problems they have been forced to deal with this season with Jozo Simunovic, Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko all having spells on the sidelines this season with midfielder Nir Bitton being used as a emergency central defender on several occasions this term.
However, Celtic could face competiton with bitter rivals Rangers for Hendry’s signature with the Ibrox outfit also showing an interest in the former Partick Thistle stopper.
Rangers are looking to add to their defensive ranks as they look to improve their squad following another below-par campaign to date.
Rangers have conceded 17 goals so far this season and Hendry really caught the eye of the club’s hierarchy during Dundee’s recent 2-1 succcess over Rangers at Dens Park last month.
Hendry is entering the final 18 months of his contract at Dundee after joining from Wigan Athletic in the summer.
Dundee would be reluctant to lose Hendry midway through the season, but they are bracing themselves for interest and offers for the talented defender.
In other Rangers transfer news, a 35-year-old has revealed he has held talks about joining the club from Premier League outfit Southampton.