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Celtic set to cash in on defender deal

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Celtic look like picking up a £1.75m fee for Jack Hendry.

The defender was far down the pecking order at the start of the season and sent on loan to Oostende while the hoops looked to bring in a replacement for Jozo Simunovic.

That search led to Shane Duffy but while the Irishman has had a disastrous time in Scotland the opposite has been the case for Hendry in Belgium.

Oostende have been delighted with his form and are looking to take up the £1.75m buy out clause in his deal which is reported to have no recall option. This window Celtic have recalled Scott Robertson and Ross Doohan from Gillingham and Ross County.

Stephen McGowan of the Daily Mail reports:

Celtic are set to rake in a £1.75m windfall for Scotland defender Jack Hendry. Belgian side KV Oostende are ready to activate a purchase option in their loan deal with the Parkhead club after the 25-year-old helped them build one of the strongest defensive records in the Pro League.

And they hope it will silence talk of a potential return to Celtic for Hendry, who joined Oostende in a temporary switch after falling out of favour at the Scottish champions.

Later on in the back page story a senior source at Oostende was quoted. Celtic paid Dundee £1.2m when they signed the defender at the end of the January 2018 transfer window.

Hendry played a number of games at right-back in the remainder of that season but after being involved at the start of the 2018/19 season he only made three appearances after coming on as a substitute in the Betfred Cup semi-final win over Hearts at Murrayfield.

In total Hendry started 10 SPFL matches for Celtic plus one Betfred Cup tie and seven European games.

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