By Danny Wright

2nd Dec, 2017 | 10:52am

Rodgers barking up wrong tree, Celtic must let Rangers win January transfer battle

COMMENT 

Rangers and Celtic are poised for a January transfer battle for Dundee defender Jack Hendry – but Brendan Rodgers must back down and let the Light Blues win this one.

Football Insider has exclusively revealed that the two Glasgow rivals will go head-to-head in the January transfer window to sign the 22-year-old centre-back, with bids ready to be tabled.

Dundee are reluctant to sell up but are bracing themselves for offers – and Celtic fans had better hope that one doesn’t come in from their club.

Celtic need to strengthen their defence in January with the centre-back options they currently have spending more time on the sidelines than on the pitch.

Rodgers has already revealed that he will look to bolster that position in January – but he is simply barking up the wrong tree in his pursuit for Hendry.

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The Dundee centre-back is nowhere near good enough and should be avoided at all costs if Rodgers really wants to improve his Bhoys squad.

Is Hendry really better than Nir Bitton, for instance? Or Kristoffer Ajer? Rodgers has previously claimed that Bitton is as good as any other player at centre-back in the entire Scottish Premiership outside of Parkhead. So how does he see Hendry as an improvement?

The Hoops already have a squad capable of steamrolling all before them in domestic competitions so should really instead focus on improving the team for European competition. Would Hendry do that? Not a chance.

He is a young, up-and-coming player, but he won’t ever match the quality of some of the players out there than the Hoops should be able to snap up.

The Daily Record has previously reported that Reading’s Liam Moore is a target of the Scottish champions, and while he isn’t the best, he is certainly a better proposition that the Dundee player.

Rodgers should not be immune to criticism and some of his signings in the summer were questionable to say the least.

The signing of Hendry would just add to an ever-growing list of pointless forrays.

In other Celtic news, a BT Sport pundit has been forced to admit a mistake about a Hoops penalty incident.

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