Report: SPL manager slams Celtic for handling of last-gasp transfer
Dundee manager Neil McCann has laid into Celtic for their handling of the transfer that took Dark Blues defender Jack Hendry to the Hoops late on deadline day, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun revealed that the 22-year-old, whose move went through with barely any time to spare, gave McCann little chance of finding a suitable replacement.
Brendan Rodgers had been linked with a move for Hendry consistently throughout the month of January and even had an undisclosed bid rejected that Dundee’s manager himself described as “very low” in the Scotsman.
There was also a great deal of interest in the defender from further afield, with the likes of Newcastle United, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and even Rangers being linked with making a move for the highly-sought after enforcer.
But the timing of the transfer left a bitter taste in the mouth of the Dundee boss.
“The disappointing thing for me was how late in the day Celtic left it to decide to get their business done,” said McCann in the Scottish Sun.
“It left me with no time whatsoever to get any business done myself.
“I was desperate to keep Jack, but I was mindful that should Celtic come in with the right offer that the club can’t turn down, I have to have someone who can step in and bolster the squad.
“I wasn’t allowed to do that because I can’t sign a player at one minute to 12 because it takes a bit of times to go through and by that time these players may have other options.”
Hendry could now go straight into the Bhoys line-up for their match away at Kilmarnock on Saturday as the Hoops look to put further space between them and the chasing pack in order to add to their ever-increasing number of championship titles.
Only earlier today it emerged that Celtic midfielder Patrick Roberts had been wanted by Leicester City as part of the deal that would take Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City.
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