Alex McLeish has tipped Celtic outcast Jack Hendry to make a name for himself with a move to the Premier League. 

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the defender still has plenty of room to develop and grow into a top-class centre-back.

As revealed by Football Insider, KV Oostende are set to trigger their optional £1.75million purchase clause after the 25-year-old’s impressive loan performances.

It is understood his form has caught the eye of Premier League sides and the Belgian outfit could cash in this summer for around £5million.

Hendry was frozen out at Celtic by Neil Lennon after just 27 games for the Bhoys.

His last Hoops appearance came in a League Cup tie in September 2019.

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He has since been shipped out on loan to Melbourne City and Oostende.

McLeish, who gave McLeish his international debut for Scotland, suggested the centre-back had ironed out his mistakes and could become a good player in England.

“He’s definitely an athletic guy. Tall, quick, commanding,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“It was about sifting out the mistakes. Now he is heavily rated and English clubs have apparently got an eye on him.

“It seems like only yesterday when I had him. I was thinking he was only about 20, 21 – what are we talking, three years ago?

“Coming to the peak? I don’t even think he’s there yet. I think he’s where a good youngster should be.

“A step up to the Premier League would obviously be a significant move for him. The confidence that he must have got in Belgium, would enhance his mentality big time.” 

In other news, Frank McAvennie claims Leigh Griffiths will be frozen out at Celtic for the rest of the season.