When the team line came out Jack Hendry was not in the squad at all prompting many to believe he had suffered an injury and was unavailable.

However, the Celtic manager has confirmed there is no fitness issues with the Scottish defender and he did travel with the squad to Perth.

Once Rodgers assessed Filip Benkovic’s fitness and deemed the Croatian fit to start the match then Hendry dropping right out the squad.

Hendry has come under intense criticism for his Celtic performances since he came in and deputised in Filip’s absence.

The Celtic manager has admitted himself that the player has struggled with the step up from Dundee to Celtic and told fans on Friday he is trying to protect the player so he can develop away from the limelight.

If Celtic’s first team defender’s can stay fit then Jack would be playing more of a cameo role for the club at the moment.

The way injuries have panned out he has become an important player who is making too many mistakes at the minute.



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