Yesterday, as The Record was bumming up Sevco for “resisting” a fictitious bid from a fictitious club in a fictitious universe, they were suggesting that Celtic might have “left it too late” with an increased bid for Dundee defender Jack Hendry.
The logic was that it would leave the Dens Park men with too little time to bring in a replacement.
A full day is too little time, is it?
Transfer deadline day, when more moves are made in and out of clubs than on any other?
Well today Dundee may just have cleared that up, and paved the way for Hendry to move to Parkhead after all. They have taken a Dutch defender, Mart Raterink, on trial. His club, Achilles, is in dire financial straits at the moment and they are willing to let him go to Scotland without a fee. The club has not formalised his signing – they are clearly waiting to see if the Hendry deal is tied up in a bow – but it looks certain that he’s their intended replacement.
Overall, it would be good business for the club. They bring in a player of similar age and experience to the one they’re letting go, they bank a cool £1 million into the bargain, which will let them go after players elsewhere.
Neil McCann has talked up Hendry, but it’s clear that the club can’t turn down an offer in excess of a million quid. He can wail about it if he likes, but the chances are good that the deal will be done at that price, or something close to it.
There’s not long to go in this window.
One way or another, we’ll know in a few hours time.