Dundee manager Neil McCann on Jack Hendry: ‘We have had interest but he won’t leave on the cheap’

Jack Hendry in action for Dundee

Dundee boss Neil McCann admits there has been interest “from more than one club” in Jack Hendry — but he’s not prepared to let his star asset leave on the cheap.

After joining on a free transfer from Wigan Athletic in the summer, Hendry has swiftly made his mark at Dens Park with a string of top displays.

That has caught the eye elsewhere with Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers clearly a fan and English Premier League clubs, including Newcastle and Crystal Palace, taking a firm interest.

Dens gaffer Neil, though, insists the Dark Blues won’t be pushed around.

He said: “There’s been no bids that have come into the club for Jack Hendry but there is interest.

“There’s clear interest, I’m not going to lie, from more than one club.

“I do, though, expect to keep Jack if bids are not substantial.

“We have done well with recruitment and taken boys who hadn’t had the platform to play.

“I think long gone are the days when the club will accept poor offers for exceptional talent and I’m going to be driving that.

“If players are going to leave Dens, it’ll be for good sums and then I can, hopefully, rebuild the side.”

Neil is also working on bringing a couple of players in during the January window but won’t be rushed into anything.

For the meantime, his sole focus is on today’s Scottish Cup fourth-round clash with Inverness at Dens Park.

It’s been well documented Dundee haven’t won the trophy since 1910 and, while he’s not promising anything, Neil has drilled into his players how “special” the tournament can be.

He said: “The Scottish Cup is massive. Having experienced it myself, winning five out of six, that’s something I’ve told the players — it’s a special memory, a special thing to be involved in.

“I’ve said to them ‘don’t think you can’t win it’ but we prepare against Inverness like we prepare against the big sides in the Premiership.

“I read John Robertson’s comments about if they beat Dundee it wouldn’t be a shock — duly noted.

“However, they are coming down here on form, a good side and we’ll need to be at our best.

“I’m not promising anything. What I do promise is we will prepare to beat Inverness. It will be a right tough game but it’s a competition they shouldn’t think they can’t win.”

Julen Etxabeguren will miss out with a hamstring problem, while Marcus Haber is a doubt with a back injury. Roarie Deacon and Lewis Spence, meanwhile, aren’t ready to return.