Rodgers believes Jack Hendry can be a ‘top-class’ defender

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers believes the club new signing Jack Hendry is “huge” and is tipping him to become a “top-class defender.”

Dundee in their report, confirmed that the sale of Hendry was a record fee for the club, who also agreed the transfer of goalkeeper Scott Bain on loan on the final day of the transfer window.

 Rodgers said of Hendry via BBC:

“At 22 years of age, he’s 6ft 3in, he’s super quick and a good one v one defender.”

The Northern Irishman also added that he got “everything he asked for” in the January window.

The Scottish champions also signed Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda on an 18-month loan deal, centre-back Marvin Compper form RB Leipzig for a reported £1m, and paid St Mirren £300,000 for winger Lewis Morgan before loaning him back to the Championship leaders.

Musonda made his first appearance for Celtic as a substitute in the club’s 3-1 victory on Tuesday over Hearts at Celtic Park.

“Today I have to say a big thank you to Dermot Desmond, Peter Lawwell and the board at Celtic,” said the Celtic manager.

“January was going to be an important month for us and everything I asked for I was able to get.”

‘Hendry used to be a right winger’

Regarding his latest defensive recruit, Rodgers was impressed the first time he watched Hendry in action.

Regarding Celtic latest defensive signing, the former Liverpool boss was impressed seeing Henry in action for his new side on Tuesady.

He said:

“I think his potential is huge.”

“That’s what I said to the board when I first saw him play, ‘this is a player I think can be a big player’.

“When you come to Celtic you have to deal with expectation and pressure. If he can deal with all those things then you’ve got a Scottish centre-half who has all the attributes of a top-class footballer.

“When he was a young player he was a right winger. He’s still developing as a player. I would have no hesitation of putting him in [the first team] because he is ‘game ready’ as well. He can fit very easily into how we work.”

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