“Confidence is key when you come to football clubs like this,” Jack Hendry

JACK HENDRY provided one of the funny moments from Beautiful Sunday. When the £10Million striker misses that open goal in the closes stages,the look on the Celtic defender’s face is one of amused astonishment. He actually takes another look just to check what he had thought he’d seen was actually right.

Sour grapes from the likes of Barry Ferguson do little to dampen the mood around Celtic after the win. And it is clear that some of the real winners include Scott Bain, who arrived on the same day at Celtic from Dundee – from the goalies case via Easter Road, and the two subs. The 20 year old French striker seems like he has now done enough to convince Brendan Rodgers that the €8million fee agreed in advance with PSG is a price worth paying for the striker. And Hendry has shown his boss that he can stand up to intense pressure and perform admirably too.

He was confident about the challenges that lie ahead for him and his team-mates, starting at Fir Park on Sunday, when he spoke to the media today.

“If I need to play on Sunday, I’ll look forward to it and I’ll be more than ready if that opportunity comes. We have a brilliant squad here so there’s competition in every area which I think helps everyone to play at their best level,” Hendry said.

“I feel like I’m improving each day whether that’s on the pitch or in the gym. You’re around world class players and coaching staff so it’s great to learn from them.

“It’s been a really good week. Coming off the weekend has been good for the squad. It’s great to be here and I feel like I’m settle in well.”

On the match at Ibrox on Beautiful Sunday the defender was certainly proud of the team getting a 3-2 win.

“It meant a lot to play at the weekend. That’s one of the reasons why I came to Celtic and I enjoyed every minute,” he said.

“The Celtic Rangers games are one of the biggest games in the world so to be part of it was really enjoyable.

“It gives me a confidence boost being chosen for those games. That’s why the manager brought me to the football club, to go and play in games like that. He trusts me and hopefully I replayed that trust with my performance on Sunday.

“You need to have confidence and believe in yourself to play here. Confidence is key when you come to football clubs like this.”

This was my, my, my Beautiful Sunday

“There is surely no denyin’, wi’oor captain Willie Lyon, we will win the Scottish Cup once again,” a pre-war Celtic chant

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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