The deal that has taken Jack Hendry to Celtic is a “record” for Dundee, according to reports.
After weeks of speculation, the defender finally left Dens for the Scottish champions last night on a busy transfer deadline day that also saw Dundee’s Scott Bain join Celtic on loan for the rest of the season.
It has been suggested that the undisclosed fee received for Hendry is a record for Dundee, who only signed the 22-year-old from Wigan last summer.
Hendry made 30 appearances for Dundee, scoring two goals, and he drew praise from Hoops manager, Brendan Rodgers, following Celtic’s 1-0 win over Dundee at Celtic Park back in October.
Speaking to the official Celtic website, Hendry said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have signed for Celtic. Joining the Scottish champions is a brilliant move for me.
“I know, from playing against Celtic this season, the quality of players that are at the club and I can’t wait to start training with my new team-mates.
“I also know that working with Brendan Rodgers and the rest of the coaching staff here will improve me as a player and I’m looking forward to working hard every day to repay the faith they’ve shown in signing me.
“I’ve already experienced playing at Celtic Park as an opposition player, but I can’t wait to run out wearing the Celtic jersey and play in front of the Celtic supporters.”
Goalkeeper Bain has spent three years at Dundee, before a bust-up with manager Neil McCann saw him loaned to Hibernian this season.
He was actually wearing his Hibees training gear when he arrived at Parkhead last night for talks with Celtic.
He said: “This is biggest club in Scotland and one of the biggest clubs in the world, so I just can’t believe that I’m here.
“I phoned my dad earlier today just to say that I was leaving Easter Road and on the road to Glasgow, and he was buzzing and delighted for me. I can’t believe I was on the bench for Hibs against Celtic last weekend and then, just a few days later, I’m signing for Celtic.
“It’s not something that, when I went on loan to Hibs, I thought was ever going to happen, so the past few days have been great, and to get it over the line and be here is absolutely amazing.”