Jack Hendry’s “potential is huge” according to Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers after he snapped up the 22-year-old centre-back from Dundee for a £1 million-plus deal last night.
The Parkhead boss also took Dens Park goalkeeper Scott Bain on loan until the end of the season and has backed the former Alloa stopper for future Scotland call-up.
Both players signed on the dotted line at Celtic Park late last night and go into the squad to face Kilmarnock on Saturday.
Talking of Hendry’s arrival, Rodgers spoke in glowing terms, saying: “At 22 years of age, he’s 6ft 3in, he’s super quick and good one v one defender. I think his potential is huge. That’s what I said to the board when I first seen 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.”
Scott Bain’s move, meanwhile, was the oddest of the transfer window by far. After a fall-out with Dundee boss Neil McCann, Bain swiftly moved to Hibs on loan at the start of the transfer window.
However, after Celtic No 1 Craig Gordon suffered a potentially long-term injury, Rodgers needed another goalkeeper and, with Bain yet to play for Hibs, swooped for the 26-year-old.
And a Scotland cap might not be out of the question for Bain.
The Hoops boss said: “I didn’t know Scott before coming up here but watching him at Dundee he’s a very capable goalkeeper and I suspect with Craig out in terms of international status it could be something that Scotland look to him also.
“He understands the line of pass. He contributes in the build-up phase of the game, he’s comfortable with that and make saves. I spoke to both boys they are absolutely delighted to be here.”