Jack Hendry admits relief as Celtic loanee opens up on ending his 'hell' with debut winner
The 25-year-old scored a last minute goal to win his first game and admits he's had a difficult time.by Mark Walker
Celtic defender Jack Hendry insists he ended his months of hell with a last minute winner on his debut for KV Oostende.
The 25-year-old joined the Belgian side on loan and scored the only goal of the game at the weekend in his first game.
It was Hendry's first match since the start of the year when he was on loan at Australian side Melbourne City and he suffered a knee injury in just his second game for the club.
And he was delighted to mark his comeback in the perfect way as his injury time winner handed his new side the points in a game that went viral following the horror miss of Mechelen's Aster Vranckx, who stumbled on the ball in front of an open goal and somehow put it wide.
The on-loan Celtic star said: "It was my first game for nine months. I was out for four weeks after my knee operation and then football obviously stopped. So I had a lot of difficult months.
"To score the winning goal in injury time was a dream for me. It couldn't have gone better. I knew I would get a chance during the game and I managed to finish it.
"I think Belgian football suits my style of play and I think I can do well here.
"I respect the Belgian league. I also had options in Scotland, but there are some strong teams in this league.
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"As for their miss, I can only say I thought their player was unfortunate not to score. But apart from that one big chance, I thought we were very secure.
"And I'm hoping my experience will help us this season."
Another Scotland international defender also made his debut in Belgian football at the weekend, but former Rangers defender David Bates couldn't prevent his new side Cercle Bruges going down to a 2-0 defeat at Anderlecht.