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Celtic may recall Jack Hendry from his loan spell at Belgian side KV Oostende, according to Frank McAvennie.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hoops and St Mirren striker suggested that Neil Lennon’s side could benefit from the 25-year-old’s return following another “awful” defensive performance against Livingston.

A 2-2 draw at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Wednesday night leaves Celtic winless in four and 20 points behind league-leaders Rangers in the Scottish Premiership.

The Hoops defensive frailties have been well documented this season, with Christopher Jullien struggling to stay injury-free and summer signing Shane Duffy struggling for form.

Hendry, a £1.44million signing from Dundee United in 2018, is set to spend the entirety of the 2020/21 campaign on loan at KV Oostende in the Jupiler Pro League.

When asked by Football Insider if the club should consider recalling the Glasgow-born defender from his season-long loan deal, McAvennie said:

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“They may look at bringing him back because the defence right now is awful, it really is. It is the worst defence I have seen since Lenny’s excuse for going to Dubai.

“Hendry has bulked himself up while he has been in Belgium and has been improved massively from what I’ve heard.”

The centre-half has made 17 appearances in the Belgian top flight this season and scored twice.

He’s made 27 senior appearances for Celtic and is contracted to the club until June 2022.

In other news, Celtic have made an approach to a midfielder with 263 Premier League appearances to his name with an eye to a summer move.