McLeish gutted for Celtic amid major Hendry transfer reveal
Alex McLeish has admitted it would be “a shame” to see Jack Hendry not return to play for Celtic after his loan spell at Oostende.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the defender had enjoyed a “great” resurgence after being frozen out at Parkhead.
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.
However, the 25-year-old has also attracted interest from Premier League sides and could be sold straight on for around £5million.
He has played 23 times for his loan outfit and has helped them push for a Champions League spot next season.
McLeish, who handed Hendry his international debut, admitted he was disappointed Celtic could not give him a second chance.
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McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “That’d be a shame, that. Jack was a kid that I took into the Scotland setup very early.
“He excelled in the first couple of games. I think because he was a confident young lad but he also had the adrenaline rush. They just have great games in the beginning and then all of a sudden start thinking about things.
“It’s a great story that Jack Hendry has gone through. He first went to Australia where he hurt his knee. Now he has gone to Belgium and excelled at Oostende. I coached in that league and I know Oostende have been pretty much regulars.
“For Jack to have played at a high standard shows he’s back and learned some lessons – some the hard way.
“We had him in a game against Portugal at Hampden and he made a big dash out of defence. You know when a defender’s trying to dribble, he’s already out of position. Someone picked his pocket, Portugal ran up the park and scored.
“He got a hard time for that moment, just when his game kind of plateaued a wee bit.”