Alan Hutton has admitted he doubts Celtic would be able to pull off the “world-class” signing of Dean Henderson on loan from Manchester United in January.
The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested the England keeper would rather remain in the English top-flight than move to Parkhead.
As reported by 90Min, the 23-year-old is desperate to secure another loan move in January in pursuit of regular game time and Celtic have emerged as a potential destination if he is willing to leave England and the Premier League.
The shot-stopper has played just three times since returning to Old Trafford from his loan spell at Sheffield United and he is yet to make his Premier League debut for the Red Devils.
Hutton insists getting Henderson to Glasgow would be a stunning coup for Celtic but that he thinks a move across England is more likely.
“I think from a Henderson point of view, and this is no disrespect to Celtic, I think he’ll want to play at the highest level possible, as in the Premier League,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“He obviously went to Sheffield and did amazingly well which got him the new deal at Man United and he was there to push De Gea, which hasn’t quite worked out as of yet.
“He has played games but not as many as he’d like but I think from his point of view he’ll be looking for Premier League. I mean if Celtic could pull that off, wow, what a signing, that could be the best that they’re looking for, to really kind of get them going.
“He’s world-class in my opinion, he just needs that opportunity but I can’t see it happening. I think if I was him I’d be looking to stay down south and keep in the eye of Solskjaer.”
Henderson made a total of 36 Premier League appearances during his time at Sheffield United, while he recently made his England debut off the bench against the Republic of Ireland.
Celtic currently have summer signing Vasilas Barkas, Scotland international Scott Bain and young keeper Conor Hazard on their books between the sticks.