Celtic and Scotland goalkeeping coach Stevie Woods believes that Hoops’ centre-back Jack Hendry has all the abilities required to become a big player for both the Bhoys and the Scottish national team.
Hendry received his first Scotland call-up for the upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary, after Woods was glowing in his praise of the 22-year-old to Scotland boss Alex McLeish.
“I gave him a positive feedback but I think he was well aware of his qualities before. I was just backing that up” Woods said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“It has been brilliant for him and I think he has got the capabilities – mentally and physically – to take that on and handle it no problem.”
Hendry, who arrived at the Hoops in January from Dundee in a transfer worth £1million, recently made his third start for the Bhoys in the goalless draw against Motherwell.
Football Insider verdict
It is far too early to tell yet how good Hendry will be for the Hoops, but the coaching staff seem to expect big things from the player, judging Woods’ comments. He really needs a run of games in the side, and that will be difficult as he is cuptied for the Scottish Cup semi-final in April. His best performance so far was probably as a second-half substitute in the 3-2 win over Rangers, where he helped a ten man Hoops side achieve a famous victory. It probably won’t be until next season that we get a good idea of how good Hendry is, but the sings look quite promising so far.
In other Celtic news, Craig Gordon might be back from injury in time for the Scottish Cup semi-final