Date: 11th January 2019 at 6:44am
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Brendan Rodgers has refused to give up on Jack Hendry despite preparing to send the defender out on loan.

Celtic paid Dundee £1m for the defender a year ago but he has now fallen to fifth choice central defender with little prospect of match time this season.

Hendry mainly featured at right-back last season but despite coming on as a substitute to help ten men to wins at Pittodrie and Ibrox he failed to make much of an impression.

Another of last January’s signings, Lewis Morgan is also available to go out on loan but like Ryan Christie Rodgers hopes that a spell out on loan can revive their Celtic careers.

It’s just about time,” the Celtic boss explained to the Evening Times. “When you think of Jack coming in a year ago it was a steep learning curve for him, playing under big pressure and big games.

What he has is potential because there are a lot of really good things to his game and of course when you make mistakes at the big clubs then of course it gets highlighted even more but he was brought in because he had that potential.

He’s not 17, 18 so he needs to continue with that learning and learn from the mistakes. Sometimes that’s just about getting games elsewhere. That’s something we’ve spoken about and we’d be keen to do.”

Scott Allan, Youssouf Mulumbu and Marvin Compper are also available to go out on loan with the midfield duo both out of contract at the end of this season.

Bradford City and Sunderland have both been linked with interest in Hendry.