Celtic and Rangers set to agree £500,000 blockbuster transfer fee, Rodgers want star at Celtic

According to TEAMtalk, Celtic and Rangers are both in talks with Dundee United to sign centre-back Jack Hendry this month.

The £500,000-rated defender has impressed since his returned to the Scottish Premiership this season following an ill-fated 18-month spell in England, with Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers openly declaring his admiration for him couple of months ago.

English clubs have been reported in making a move for the 22-year-old, but it’s unlikely he would be going back soon following the disappointing outcome last timeout with Wigan Athletic before joining the Tangerines.

The ex-Patrick Thistle centre-back should either join Rangers or Celtic should he decide to leave Dundee, and while he is more likely to have a better chance of breaking into Rangers starting XI, the back to back trophy triumph and Champions League football at Parkhead could be more tempting.

Rangers need another cover-up with Bruno Alves seemingly on his way out of the club, and the ball-playing, strong and fast Hendry would be the perfect replacement.

Celtic had only signed Marvin Compper from RB Leipzig this January, but are still looking to strengthen the core of their defence as they look to continue their total domestic dominance and also a brilliant run in Europe competitions.

Celtic elsewhere, Brendan Rodgers have revealed his plans are in perfect shape to make summer loan signing PSG starlet Odsonne Edouard the club’s record signing, but insists neither party is in a rush to get a deal over the line.

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard

The Hoops have an option to make Edouard’s temporary contract permanent for £7million a fee more than any price the Scottish champions have ever spent on any player – following the youngster’s impressive start to life at Celtic.

Rodgers, when asked about his plans for the young French skipper said (via The Daily Mail):

“I will assess it at the end of the season. I have been really impressed by him and he is getting better and better each week.

“The boy has big talent and is a real worker as well. He works very hard for the team and he’s the type of performer I like.

“His English is getting better through lessons and he’s still only very young. He has a lot of potential there.

“He has grown each week he has been with us. It’s a case of assessing it. There’s no rush. It’s for both sides as well: he might love it with us; he might not. I know he is really enjoying it but there is no rush to commit on either side now.”

Despite the 19-year-old’s huge tasks in competing with Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths for a starting role in Rodgers’ XI, the PSG loanee record of 4 goals in 10 league appearances make him Celtic’s quality option.

The future of doubt is currently in doubt. There’ve been reports upon reports linking the pair with exit from Parkhead but the Hoops can be rest assured of having replacement at hand.

He definitely worth Celtic smashing their most expensive record for, and Edouard is even a bargain for the fee.

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