Danny Mills has called on Jack Hendry to return to Celtic with a “great attitude” and in “fantastic shape” if he is to work his way into the new manager’s plans.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Manchester City defender insisted a new manager will mean a clean slate for the defender who last played for the Hoops over two years ago.

He is currently on loan with Belgian side KV Oostende and has been a regular in a side flying high in the Juniper Pro League.

The 25-year-old told the BBC he is open to anything next season and admitted it has been frustrating watching Celtic struggle this term when he could have made a difference.

Asked if he thought Hendry could play for Celtic next season, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “There’s always a chance when a new manager comes in.

“New brush, sweeps clean and all that. Everybody’s got a fresh start and a new chance. There’s always an opportunity.

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“I would always say to players coming back use the summer very wisely. The first thing a new manager is going to look at is attitude, the second thing he’s going to look at is fitness.

“If you come back in pre-season in fantastic shape and you’ve got a great attitude that doesn’t half go a long way to making a huge impressing on a new manager.

“Any player that wants to have a chance and do anything like that, that would be my recommendation. Get yourselves in great shape because first impressions make a huge difference.”

Celtic

Celtic’s defence has been a problem all season and could look completely different next season.

Christopher Jullian is out with injury until the end of the year, Shane Duffy will likely return to Brighton & Hove Albion when his loan spell ends and Kristoffer Ajer has long been linked with a move away.

In other news, a former Hoops midfielder is in line to be interviewed for the Celtic manager job despite his public stance.