Jack Hendry lifts lid on 'severe lack of communication' behind his Celtic departure

Jack Hendry has opened up on his summer departure from Celtic admitting that a "severe lack of communication" was behind his decision to quit the club.

Jack Hendry made just 27 appearances in three years at Celtic. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

The centre-back spent last season on loan with Belgian top flight side KV Oostende where his performances earned him a call-up to Steve Clarke's Scotland squad for Euro 2020.

His form led to suggestions that there may have been a second chance for the 26-year-old at his parent club, having previously been deemed surplus to requirements.

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However, the uncertainty over the manager's position following the departure of Neil Lennon and the efforts of Oostende to secure him on a permanent deal after inserting an option to buy in his loan agreement saw Hendry dismiss the prospect of remaining at Celtic in favour of a return to Belgium.

Speaking on the Scots Abroad podcast, Hendry said: "Celtic's in the past now. They obviously knew about the clause and how keen Oostende were.

"There was just such a severe lack of communication on their side.

"I thought 'Do I want to put myself in a position where the club I'd be going back to doesn't have a manager, there's no real communication and on the other hand I've got a club out here who are desperate to sign me and put really good personal terms in front of me'.

"It would've been really difficult to turn down as I had a club back home where there wasn't much going on.

"It was a shame because at the end of the day Celtic are a massive club and I feel I could've had a really good impact there, especially this year with the way it's panned out.

"But, the club didn't have a manager in place and I feel they didn't have a structure. I didn't want to go back to where I was before I left Celtic.

"I put myself in a really good position last year by getting my head down and working hard - I didn't want to potentially put all that to waste.

"There was just so much uncertainty at Celtic and I couldn't put myself in that position.

"I've got a team here who really want me so I'm happy I made the decision and I'm really looking forward to the future."

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