'Big player': Rodgers gives three reasons why Celtic 22-year-old has huge international future
Brendan Rodgers has said that new signing Jack Hendry is in the right place to go on and become an international star, citing his height, speed and ability to play one-on-one.
Hendry was signed late on in the January window – right on deadline in fact – in a deal said by Dundee to be for more than their club record of £1.2million.
He signed a four-and-a-half year deal that will see him stay at Celtic until 2022 and Rodgers is fully expecting him to go on and star for Scotland in that time.
Asked ahead of his game with Kilmarnock on Saturday whether Hendry would star for his country, Rodgers was unequivocal:
“I have no question about that,” Rodgers said in the Daily Record.
“I brought him here because I think he can play Champions League football and obviously if you are playing Champions League football, that is a great step for you to move into international football.
“At 22 years of age, he is six foot three, super quick, a good one-versus-one defender and there is lots of areas he can improve in but his potential is huge.
“I said to the board that this is a player who can be a big player.”
Hendry came up the youth system in Scotland, starting with Dundee United and Partick Thistle before moving to Wigan.
That didn’t work out for him and he was eventually released on a free transfer to Dundee in the summer where he’s made 30 appearances.
It worked out to be a good bit of business for Dundee, who have picked up a seven-figure fee six months later.
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