EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Celtic and Bournemouth are locked in a two-way battle for Dundee defender Jack Hendry after Rangers dropped out of the race, Football Insider understands.
Hendry has been in big demand during this month’s transfer window with the likes of Rangers, Newcastle, West Ham and Crystal Palace all credited with an interest in the central defender.
However, a well-placed source has told Football Insider that Celtic and Bournemouth are now the two frontrunners for the 22-year-old.
Hendry has impressed for Dundee this season and his performances against Celtic and Rangers this term brought him to the attention of both Old Firm rivals.
Celtic have made firm enquiries for Hendry with Brendan Rodgers a big admirer of the classy central defender, while the source explained that Rangers are now unlikely to pursue their interest having brought in four new signings in the shape of Russell Martin, Sean Goss, Jamie Murphy and Jason Cummings already this month.
Bournemouth have informed Dundee of their interest in Hendry and are hoping to lure him back down to England.
Dundee boss Neil McCann is keen to keep Hendry at Dens Park at least until the end of the season, but will reluctantly sell him if either Celtic or Bournemouth meet their £1.5million asking price.
In other Celtic transfer news, a Hoops colossus has agreed the terms of an exit from the club.