Date: 21st August 2019 at 7:00am
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By Wayne Veysey

Celtic have opened talks to sell Jack Hendry amid interest from multiple Scottish Premiership clubs, Football Insider has learned.

The Hoops are ready to offload the centre-back, 24, before the Scottish window shuts at the end of the month after he was frozen out of the side in the opening month-and-a-half of the season.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider there are three SPL clubs keen on Hendry, amid suggestions bids are in the offing from Kilmarnock and Motherwell.

There is also the possibility that the Scotland international will be loaned out if Celtic cannot agree a fee with one of the player’s suitors.

Hendry’s future is up in the air after he dropped out of the first-team reckoning following Neil Lennon’s arrival at the club.

The 6ft 3in defender made 15 of his 26 Hoops appearances last season after signing from Dundee in January of last year for a fee of around £1.2million.

It was a deal hailed at the time as a major coup by ex-manager Brendan Rodgers, who said of Hendry that he had “huge potential” and “at 22 years of age, he’s 6ft 3in, he’s super quick and a good one v one defender”.

The defender made initially sound progress and was handed three Scotland caps before he slipped down the pecking order at Parkhead.

Hendry has failed to make a matchday squad this season and is behind Kristoffer Ajer, Christopher Jullien, Jozo Simunovic and Nir Bitton in the battle for centre-back spots.

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