Jack is a confident lad

JACK HENDRY clearly is not short of confidence. Yesterday he looked back on his international debut, where he impressed in the 1-0 away win in Budapest against Hungary and said, “I’ve always backed my own ability.

We used the photograph above from Hendry’s appearance at Ibrox and the look of astonishment on his face after the £10million striker’s miss of the century is brilliant!

The 22 year old of course came through the youth structure at Celtic before heading on a long and winding road to the first team at Parkhead. That happened when Brendan Rodgers saw something he could work with in our games against Dundee and a January deadline day move brought him back to Paradise, and shortly afterwards propelled him straight into the Scotland starting eleven.

“Maybe some people will think it’s happened quicker than others, but I always believed I would get to this point and it’s now about trying to maintain it and keep on improving.

“I feel every young player should have that ambition of playing for their country. It’s a great honour for myself to do that and, hopefully, this will be the first of many.

“It was a very proud moment for myself and my family making my debut, but, most importantly, we got a good win.

“I was happy with my own performance and it was a really good team display.

“It’s about learning different styles of play. I feel I have become a better player over that short period of time.

“Obviously, I am involved with top players, top coaches and top facilities, so I am only going to improve if I work hard, which I feel I am doing.”

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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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