Brendan Rodgers had nothing but positive things to say about Jack Hendry following the 22-year-old’s international debut for Scotland midweek.
The Scottish national side beat Hungary 1-0 in the friendly, but the damage could have and should have been greater for the eastern European nation.
The victory was notable not least for the display of the Celtic defender, who has come on leaps and bounds since his move to Celtic Park in the January transfer window, and enjoyed a dream debut by helping his country keep a clean sheet.
Speaking ahead of the Hoops visit of Ross County to Parkhead on Saturday in the Scottish Premiership, as quoted in the Scottish Sun, the Northern Irishman delivered his bold verdict on Hendry: “Jack has the qualities to play for Celtic and the international team for the next 10 years or so.
“His profile suits the highest level. He is quick, he can defend and in international football it is important that you can deal with the ball and I think you’ve seen his comfort.
“For a player making his first appearance away from home in the international stage, he was very composed and looked as if he had played a lot more games than what he has done.
“He has a real belief in his ability. It’s not an arrogance or overly confident. He just knows that he is a good player who has more to improve on.
Football Insider verdict:
Hendry’s international display against Hungary, as well as his domestic display following his move to the Hoops in January, show that the 6ft 1in defender has what it takes to make it at the highest level – there have even been suggestions of the 22-year-old taking the captain’s armband from Scott Brown when Broony eventually hangs up his boots for good. However, it is early days yet and while the initial signs are that Hendry could become a rock at the back for the Hoops, careers can disappear as quickly as they begin. So while the Scotland debutant has all the attributes to succeed, he needs to be given time to develop and patience when a downturn in form does occur.
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