By Alan Hutton

13th Jan, 2020 | 1:00pm

'Time to go' - Exclusive: Hutton implores reportedly in-demand Celtic player to seek exit

Alan Hutton urged Celtic defender Jack Hendry to leave the Hoops in January after struggling to feature this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Scotland international revealed that he thought Hendry is capable of being a good player despite his struggles.

It was recently reported that Hearts, as well as several English Championship clubs, are keen on signing Hendry in January.

Hutton explained that it was time for the centre-back to leave Parkhead for the sake of his career, although he advised him not to join Hearts.

When asked if Hendry needs an exit as he seems to have failed to live up to the hype that once surrounded him, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, it’s difficult.

“Obviously he came from a smaller club than Celtic and the demands and pressures on him at Celtic are through the roof.

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“Maybe he struggled to cope with that but I think he is a good player, there is a good player in there.

“But for the sake of his own career, it’s time to go, he’s not getting the game time, he’s not playing, and the minutes he is getting…it’s not good enough, he has to go away and get games to become a better player.

“Is Hearts the right option? I’m not so sure, they’re going through a tough time right now.”

The 24-year-old centre-back has played 11 minutes of football for the Hoops this season, with his only appearance coming in the League Cup.

Hendry has been with the Hoops since joining from Dundee in January 2018 and is contracted to stay with Neil Lennon’s side until 2022.

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton urged his ex-teammate to join Neil Lennon’s side as he’ll ‘Thrive’ at Parkhead.