CELTIC legend Davie Hay is backing Jack Hendry to answer his critics,
The former Hoops manager and player paid particular attention to the youngster in the 3-1 loss to RB Salzburg in the Europa League defeat in Austria at the start of the month.
And Hay reckons the central defender has the ability to prove value for the £1.3million fee paid out by Brendan Rodgers to Dundee in the January transfer window.
The club ambassador reflected: “I thought that Red Bull Salzburg were a decent team, but Celtic made them look way better than what they are.
“They aren’t an elite European team, but if you are going to give away cheap goals at this level then you are always going to give yourself a problem.
“I thought Mikael Lustig and Jack Hendry could both have done better in that respect, although I would have to say that I think Hendry has become the targetman for carrying all of Celtic’s defensive ills this season.
“And I think that is a bit unfair.
“He needs to simplify his game. He needs to not take so many touches and just do the basics just now.”
The Hoops have had central defensive problems for the bulk of the campaign so far and a fully-fit Hendry could still play a major part in the coming months.