McAvennie: Hendry couldn't handle Celtic pressure as transfer reportedly close

Frank McAvennie claims Jack Hendry couldn’t handle the pressure of playing for Celtic with his Parkhead exit reportedly close.

The Hoops icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, was reacting to the latest on the defender’s future.

The Daily Record (7th June) reported Hendry is set to join KV Oostende after a successful loan spell and Football Insider has subsequently learned an agreement is in place.

He will reportedly join for £1.5million and Oostende may look to immediately sell him on for a quick profit.

Hendry, 26, joined Celtic in 2018 and has made 27 appearances for the club to date.

He is part of Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for this summer’s European Championship.

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The reported £1.5million fee was included as part of the loan deal though Hendry’s Parkhead deal is set to expire next summer.

When asked why Hendry hasn’t succeeded at Celtic, McAvennie claimed he simply couldn’t handle the demands of playing for the club.

“I’ve said it before, some people can’t handle it,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“The jersey weighs heavily on their shoulders. Hendry isn’t the first and he won’t be the last. 

“There is many a great player who has come to Celtic and not made it because they can’t handle it. 

“You don’t realise how big it is until you come through the door. It’s worldwide, it’s an institution. 

“The demands of winning every day. You have to win in training as well. It’s incredible.”

Hendry made 30 appearances for Oostende in all competitions last season.

He scored two goals as his side finished fifth in the Jupiler Pro Division.

In other news, Celtic have been told that 31-year-old will snub their long-term offer and sign for Rangers instead.