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‘I’VE ALWAYS BACKED MY ABILITY,’ HENDRY

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JACK HENDRY has revealed how he much has developed at Celtic after arriving from Dundee on deadline day in the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old central defender strolled through his Scotland international debut in the 1-0 win over Hungary in Budapest on Tuesday night.

Hendry, who has also played for Partick Thistle and Wigan, earned a late call-up to Alex McLeish’s squad when the injured Grant Hanley withdrew following Friday’s 1-0 defeat from Costa Rica at Hampden.

The Scots debutant admitted: “I’ve always backed my own ability.

“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.”

Hendry added: “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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