Pundit Paul John Dykes has recently talked about Celtic’s decision to let Jack Hendry leave the club on a permanent basis.
Dykes was hosting the latest episode of the ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ podcast and the panel talked about numerous issues at Celtic and potential incomings and outgoings at the club. Jack Hendry’s situation was a key topic and Dykes gave his views about it.
He believes that if Hendry performs well at the Euros for Scotland and Celtic move him on, leading to Oostende making a big profit, it could turn out to be a pretty bad move from the club.
Are Celtic making a mistake in letting Hendry leave?
It has been reported that Hendry has agreed a three-year deal with Oostende, who will sign him for a fee of only £1.5 million. The Scotsman has drawn interest from multiple Premier League clubs as well.
Dykes talked about Hendry’s future and said: “I think we’re going to bring in about £1.7-£1.8 million for Jack Hendry. Oostende are already looking at selling him on. If they do that, some of the figures I’ve seen have been incredible, I’ve seen figures of £10 million.
“That’s what happens when an English club or English clubs are interested in the player. You’re looking at interest from West Brom, Burnley and Leeds United, who are interested in Hendry. If he has a brilliant tournament in the Euros and particularly if he plays well against England and he’s sold for about £10 million, that is bad, bad business.”
TIF Thoughts on Hendry…
Hendry won the award for the best player in the Belgian Pro League award during his loan stint at Oostende, which shows that he’s certainly a quality player.
In the 2019/20 campaign, Hendry wasn’t given a chance at all by the club and he played just once in the League Cup for the side.
For him to do well in Belgium and win accolades suggests that Celtic weren’t really right in judging him by barely giving him playing time in the 2019/20 campaign.
While they could’ve kept him at the club and given him another chance, selling him before the Euros could be a mistake if the Scotsman performs well and proves himself at the top level. Through that, they could’ve either given him a chance in the team, or they could’ve sold him on for a much higher fee themselves.