Frank McAvennie fears Jack Hendry “cannot hack it” at Celtic despite an impressive loan spell at KV Oostende. 

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, slammed the 25-year-old for being “arrogant” when he arrived to the club from Dundee FC in January 2018.

Hendry has spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Belgian outfit KV Oostende and has made 24 appearances across all competitions.


As revealed by Football Insider, Celtic are powerless to stop Hendry from engineering a Premier League move this summer, with Oostende set to trigger their optional £1.75million purchase clause.

A three-times Scotland international, Hendry will have one year left on his Hoops contract come June.

When asked for his assessment of the defender’s future, McAvennie told Football Insider:

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“Listen, Hendry got his chance here and he didn’t take it.

“Celtic are a massive club and some players cannot hack it. It has happened to great players.

“Unfortunately, when Jack moved here he was a bit arrogant and the fans picked up on it. He was not performing at a level that deserved that arrogance. He got lots of game time when he first came but he did not stand out.

“He was only a young boy though, so who is to say that he won’t come back and do it second time around?

“My worry is, there is no pressure over there. There is a massive difference between playing in Belgium and playing for Celtic.

“In the last year he may have grown up and he might be able to hack it, who knows.”

In other news, McAvennie reveals what he knows about Brown’s Celtic future after a new offer is revealed.