Celtic in line for £2m windfall if Jack Hendry makes permanent transfer to Oostende

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Celtic could land a £2m windfall if Jack Hendry makes his move to Oostende permanent.

The Glasgow giants loaned the defender to the small Belgian club after he suffered a knee ligament injury while out in Australia with Melbourne City.

The decision was taken to send the former Dundee stopper out again – and he joined Oostende in July.

So far he has impressed as Oostende have mounted a surprise charge up the league and are now in the hunt to challenge for a spot in next season's Champions League via the end-of-season play-offs.

Hendry has just 12 months remaining on his current deal with the Hoops and there is an option to buy that is pegged at £2m.

Jack Hendry has impressed at Oostende so far
(Image: BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

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Oostende could trigger the clause – and then flip the deal with Premier League clubs Wolves, Newcastle and Burnley all monitoring the situation.

But Celtic are likely to recall the 25-year-old.

He didn't feature under the Bhoys' previous boss Neil Lennon but is likely to want to return at the end of this campaign and has his eyes on set on returning to the international fold.

Oostende's manager Alexander Blessin has certainly been full of praise for Hendry's performances in Belgium – even though he has sometimes struggled to understand him!

Speaking in an interview in November, Blessin said: "When I speak to Jack, I don't understand a word he says!

Hendry may never return to Celtic
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"But his team mates do because he's a great talker in defence. He makes the people he's playing with better. You can see them listening to him.

"He's been a tower of experience for us. Jack's the most important member of the team this season and he's one of the best defenders in the league.

"When you get signed by a club the size of Celtic at such a young age, then you obviously must have a lot of qualities."

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