Scotland defender Jack Hendry has completed a move from Celtic to KV Oostende on a permanent basis.
The centre-back spent last season on loan with the Belgian side, where his performances earned him an international recall and a place in Scotland’s Euro 2020 squad.
Oostende have now exercised an option in the loan deal that allows them to sign Hendry permanently, and the 26-year-old has signed a contract until 2024.
Hendry said: “At the moment I am ready for a holiday after a long and grueling season and then also the European Championship, where we were unfortunately eliminated. After that, I look forward to the future.”
Oostende president Gauthier Ganaye was delighted to have secured the player for next season: “Jack Hendry was an absolute leader last season and we are delighted to be taking him over for good.”
Hendry began his career at Partick Thistle before moving to Wigan in 2015 but he was unable to make an impression at the Latics and returned north two years later.
He came to prominence at Dundee, where a string of assured performances persuaded Celtic to sign him in early 2018. The Glasgow side loaned him out to Melbourne City, where a serious knee injury curtailed his development but a second loan spell to Oostende saw him re-establish himself as a first team player.
Hendry was part of Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for the Euros and he played the first group game against Czech Republic.