With Scott Brown nearing the end of his career, the display of his teammate Jack Hendry in the 1-0 win against Hungary for Scotland had all the hallmarks of a captain in the making.
Supporters were drooling over the defender’s performance which was assured and mature as the Scot’s dominated their opponents in Tuesday’s international.
The 22-year-old only arrived at Celtic Park in the January transfer window after a tussle with his previous club Dundee over transfer fees, but finally got his move at the death.
But in spite having only made six appearances for the Hoops since his switch, Hendry has already shown he has what it takes to be a leader at Celtic in the years to come.
While his manager Brendan Rodgers was facing a defensive headache upon the defender’s arrival, Hendry hasn’t shied away from being thrust into the thick of the action.
And with Brown recently stepping down from international duties in order to extend his career domestically, at 32, the midfielder’s playing days are numbered.
The feisty Hoops ace is everything that Hendry isn’t but based on events since the 22-year-old’s entrance at the club, his maturity and calmness at the back are attributes that his teammates can feed off under a different style of leadership.
Of course, with Brown in the ranks, the captain’s armband will remain with the fiery Scot until he retires from football.
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