CELTIC free agents Jonny Hayes and Craig Gordon are in demand while frozen-out defender Jack Hendry could be heading out of the champions on loan.

Aberdeen will offer the Republic of Ireland versatile star a two-year deal to return to Pittodrie while Hearts are interested in their former keeper.

Hendry, who cost £1.2million from Dundee in January 2018, is wanted by Belgian top-flight outfit KV Ostende on a season-long loan.

Hayes is on the brink of a Pittodrie comeback after being released by the Hoops at the start of the month when his three-year deal expired.

Hayes, who cost £1.3million when Brendan Rodgers bought him from the Dons in June 2017, has been in talks with Derek McInnes who wants to get the 32-year-old left-sided performer in for pre-season training this week, according to a report in the Daily Record.

Chairman Dave Cormack, despite the club’s financial predicament, has 
sanctioned the move to bring the popular player back to the north east.

Premiership rivals Dundee United, Hibs and St Mirren have been linked with the utility ace while English League One side Blackpool are also monitoring the situation.

Hayes had five years at the Dons from 2012, where he helped them win the 2014 League Cup.

ON THE LOOK-OUT…Craig Gordon is a target for former club Hearts.

Thirty-seven-year-old shotstopper Gordon may be tempted to make an emotional return to Tynecastle – even if Ann Budge’s club drop into the Championship.

The former Scotland international No.1 is on the look-out for a new club after six years at Parkhead.

Gordon has knocked back a new deal on reduced terms from the Hoops and that alerted St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin.

The Edinburgh side, who are likely to know today if their relegation from the Premiership is confirmed, are keen on bringing back towering netminder, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Gordon made the breakthrough at the Edinburgh club before Roy Keane paid a British record £9million for a goalie to take him to Sunderland in 2007.

Five years later, the towering No.1 was released by Martin O’Neill during his stint in charge at the Stadium of Light.

Gordon had to battle to overcome career-threatening knee and arm injuries before he made a sensational return to Celtic in the summer of 2014 as a replacement for Southampton-bound Fraser Forster.

BELGIUM BOUND…defender Jack Hendry is wanted by KV Oostende.

And Hendry, who made a solitary fleeting first-team appearance as a substitute in the holders’ 5-0 Betfred League Cup win over Partick Thistle in September, is wanted by KV Oostende.

The club who just fought off relegation last term are interested in taking the Scotland international on a temporary season-long deal, according to a report in the Daily Record.

Hendry is currently in pre-season open-air training with Neil Lennon’s first-team squad at Lennoxtown as he eases himself back to full fitness following knee surgery.

The 25-year-old versatile back-four performer, who can play right-back or centre-half, sustained the injury in only his second game while on loan at Melbourne City.

Hendry still has two years of his contract to run, but appears to have no place in Lennon’s plans as he plots for the tilt at a record 10 when the new campaign kicks off on August 1.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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