Multiple English clubs have turned their attention to Celtic defender Jack Hendry ahead of the January window, Football Insider understands.

The centre-back, 24, has been given just 11 minutes of first team action this season and his future at Parkhead is up in the air.

A source with knowledge of Hendry’s situation has told Football Insider that there is interest in him from “plenty of EFL clubs” in the market for a centre-back when the window opens in six weeks.

Neil Lennon is open to loaning out Hendry and may even sanction a permanent deal given how far he has slipped down the pecking order.

Hendry came close to moving to Kilmarnock before the Scottish window shut as part of a double deal with Calvin Miller that involved Greg Taylor heading the other way.

But Hendry refused to switch to Rugby Park and Taylor ended up signing for Celtic in a straight-cash deal with no players in exchange.

Lennon had given the green light for the Scotland international to go out loan after he failed to make a matchday squad in the first months of this season.

Hendry has seen his Celtic career stall since Lennon took over as manager in February and has added just one to the 26 appearances for the club he made under ex-boss Brendan Rodgers.

With Celtic setting their sights on a ninth league title and another treble, as well as progress to the Europa League knockout stages, his chances appear remote.

He is not only behind Christopher Jullien, Kristoffer Ajer, Jozo Simunovic and Nir Bitton in the centre-back pecking order, but Lennon would turn to other alternative options – including right-back Hatem Abd Elhamed – ahead of him.

Hendry has a contract with Celtic that has two-and-a-half years remaining.

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