By Richard Parks
Jack Hendry is set to make his European bow for Celtic in their Europa League last-32 clash against Zenit St Petersburg next week, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim that manager Brendan Rodgers will hand the new signing a baptism of fire in the high-profile competition when the sides meet in the Europa League on 15 February.
It is said that Dedryck Boyata and Kristoffer Ajer are both “extremely doubtful” for the Parkhead showdown after limping out of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Kilmarnock with injury.
Hendry, Boyata and Ajer were fielded in a three-man defence at Rugby Park as Rodgers was already unable to call upon early January arrival Marvin Compper and defensive mainstay Mikael Lustig.
Hendry joined the Hoops from Dundee on deadline day for a fee of £1.5million after they beat off interest in his services from Rangers.
The 22-year-old former Wigan player had caught the eye of a number of high profile clubs after his impressive form for the Scottish Premiership strugglers in the first half of the season.
The Glasgow-born youngster had made 30 appearances for Dundee and been key to their ninth place in the division, which has prompted genuine hope of top-flight survival.
In other Celtic news, it can be revealed that Piers Morgan has delivered his verdict on Rangers and had a massive dig at the Hoops.
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