Former Celtic defender Darren O’Dea believes that Jack Hendry will succeed at the Hoops because he has the ego and arrogance needed to make it at a big club.
O’Dea, who played with Hendry at Dundee, isn’t surprised that Hendry recently made his Scotland debut and received rave reviews for his performance in the 1-0 win over Hungary.
“Maybe some people think it’s happened quicker (than expected) but I always believed I would get to this point” O’Dea said, as quoted by BT Sport.
“He is borderline arrogant. He has an ego but top players need it.
“You need it at a club like Celtic and believe me when things don’t go right there you will need all that bravado.”
Hendry has yet to win any of the three matches he has started so far for the Hoops, but that is surely likely to change should he start against bottom of the table Ross County on Saturday.
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O’Dea is correct in that you’ll have to be a player with a thick skin to cope with life at the Hoops, particularly if you don’t win a game, which often turns into a crisis. Hendry at least has seemingly put losing on his Hoops debut behind him, as he fared well as part of 10 men against Rangers and took that form into his Scotland debut. The player is a tad unfortunate in that he won’t feature in the upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final against the Ibrox side as he is ineligible, and it will be interesting to see if he keeps his place in the starting line-up both before and after that particular match.
In other Celtic news, Hoops fans want Scott Bain to sign a long-term deal with the club