Date: 12th January 2021 at 3:00pm
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Celtic podcaster Paul John Dykes has recently been discussing a possible return to the Hoops for on-loan defender Jack Hendry.

During the summer transfer window, the Bhoys sent the 25-year-old Scotsman out on loan to Belgian side KV Oostende on a season-long deal (per BBC).

Hendry went out on loan having made just 27 appearances for the Hoops, in which he has neither scored a goal nor provided an assist for a teammate (per Transfermarkt).

While with KV Oostende so far this season, the centre-back has made 14 appearances in the Jupiler Pro League, in which he has scored two goals.

In the latest episode of the A Celtic State of Mind podcast, Dykes discussed whether or not the defender should be brought back to Parkhead from his loan move.

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He said: “I completely get the very mention of Jack Hendry’s name will get people saying, ‘Are you joking?’

“We brought a guy in, in Shane Duffy, that’s cost us a £2m loan fee [and] massive wages, would Jack Hendry have done any worse than big Duffy?

“We’re then speaking about bringing Filip Benkovic back in, it was something that John Kennedy spoke about in the conference, he said there’s a guy that we know very well, so he was on the radar.

“So, Jack Hendry, do you just say, ‘No chance, we’re not going to bring him back, we continue to look for players on a short-term loan deal’?

“Why not bring back the player that we’ve developed? I’m just throwing it out there.”

TIF Thoughts on what Paul John Dykes said about Jack Hendry…

As can be seen in what the podcaster had to say, he believed that it may be a better option to bring Hendry back this month than another central defender on loan.

Dykes also suggested that the Scotsman could not have performed worse than Duffy has for the Hoops this season.

Who would you rather have playing for Celtic at the moment?

Hendry

Hendry

Duffy

Duffy

However, the Irishman has earned a 7.28/10 average rating over 11 appearances in the Premiership so far this term (per WhoScored), which is an impressive rating.

Hendry, on the other hand, has earned a 6.92/10 average rating over his 14 outings in the Jupiler Pro League, so, it would seem that he could perform worse than Duffy.