Celtic had left it late to make their moves in the transfer window, and fans were getting a little restless, especially once the need for a goalkeeper became the club’s priority. The Hoops move for Trevor Carson was rejected by Motherwell and Celtic were on the verge of ending the window with nothing to show for the work that they had put in.
This is why it seems surprising that we woke up on the 1st January to find not just one, but two first-team quality signings through the front door. Brendan Rodgers made a double signing, completing the transfers for Jack Hendry and Scott Bain. Signing players like this over the line would have felt fantastic for Rodgers and his team.
In Jack Hendry, we now have exactly the kind of centre-back that the Norther Irishman needed. Hendry is known for being a great talent on the ball, and that confidence means that the ex-Liverpool boss would be able to make sure that his side effectively build from the back, just how he wanted it to be.
Hendry has the highest dribble completion stats in the SPL, the Glasgow-born defender’s 85% success-rate puts him ahead of players in form of Scott Sinclair and Ryan Christie, players one would expect to do much better. Hendry has not come cheap for Celtic though, his former side have confirmed that the undisclosed fee that they received for his sale was the highest they had ever received.
Scott Bain on the other hand, was a different kind of signing Rodgers made for the club. Celtic’s need for a man between the sticks was well documented. The club’s first choice was Trevor Carson but Bain represents very much a second choice for Rodgers. The new signing is still an impressive goalkeeper and had the record of most saves per match on average in his first 12 appearances of the season until he fell out of favour at Dundee.
Few weeks ago, he was an unused sub on the bench for Hibernian against Celtic and now he will be turning up for the Scottish champions, which is quite a change of fortunes, and very much one that wasn’t expecting. Bain himself is a skillful young goalkeeper who has all the talent to make it at the highest level in Scotland. But he is very much just a stop-gap while Craig Gordon recovers. The two signings from Dundee will certainly improve the Scottish Champions, and it is clearly a dream come true for the men themselves.