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Hendry can go on to shine for Scots, insists Rodgers

By Staff Reporter

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers believes new signing Jack Hendry is in the right environment to develop into a Scotland international.

The 22-year-old defender penned a four-and-a-half-year deal late on transfer deadline day for a fee revealed by Dundee to be a club record, bettering the £1.2m paid by the Parkhead club for goalkeeper Robert Douglas in 2000.

Rodgers is confident the former Partick Thistle and Wigan player could make a real impact and become an international player.

Ahead of the trip to Kilmarnock in the Ladbrokes Premiership today, the Ulsterman said: "I have no question about that.

"I brought him here because I think he can play Champions League football and obviously if you are playing Champions League football, that is a great step for you to move into international football.

"He comes into an environment with a real winning mentality with a real emphasis on becoming better every day. You have to come in with no ego, got to be able to improve and take on the responsibilities of being a Celtic player.

"But there is no question that if he can do all these things you have a player with an incredible profile.

"The job is to develop that talent and hopefully he can align that with the mentality of playing under pressure each week then hopefully Scotland will have a centre half with really big attributes.

"He is ready to play. He has played in different systems at Dundee and as a young player he was a right winger."

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