Jack Hendry thanks Scotland boss Steve Clarke for believing in him

Jack Hendry believes he was made for international football and is grateful that Scotland manager Steve Clarke agrees.

The 27-year-old defender has struggled for domestic time this season, playing just seven minutes for Serie A Cremonese on loan from Belgian club Brugge, where he once started.

Clarke praised him for playing every minute of the Scottish Nations League three-a-side header that ended in a hard-fought goalless draw with The Blue and Yellow in Kraków on Tuesday night after home wins against Ukraine and the Republic of Ireland.

The point meant Scotland finished first in Group B1, which means promotion to the elite tier of the next Nations League, a place among the second seeded places for Euro 2024 qualifying and a guaranteed play-off place for qualifying meant for this tournament should they need him .

Hendry said: “Unfortunately, playing time wasn’t there this season for various reasons so it was a big request to come in and I’m really grateful to the manager for giving me the confidence to play against me and hopefully have I paid him back.

“It was three great performances by the team and it’s great that we managed to make him and the nation proud.

“I believe in my abilities and it’s about having the manager’s support. I feel like I have that with the gaffer and I’m very grateful for that.

“He’s a first class manager and when someone like that trusts me it gives me a lot of confidence.

“I know that I can play and compete at this level, I kind of belong here, on this stage, and when he knows that, it gives me a lot of confidence.

“My fitness was fine. I’ve been working on that aspect.

“Even though I didn’t get the minutes, I’ve been working in the background to make sure I’m ready when that moment comes because I’m representing my country and I don’t want to disappoint them.

“When you grow up you want to play for your national team and I feel very proud when I go out and play.

“It’s massive for me, it’s massive for my family, every time I put this jersey on.

“I wasn’t feeling great, there was a virus going around at camp so me and a couple of guys weren’t feeling good, but I think it shows the group’s determination and determination to go there and get a result.”

Hendry believes his move to Serie A will prove beneficial to his development over time.

The former Dundee, Celtic and KV Oostende player said: “I have a new challenge in Serie A, it’s a really exciting chapter in my career and it will be great for me.

“It’s a league that defenders really improve on and that’s one of the reasons I went to play there.

“It’s a different test for a team that might be in the bottom half of the table and I hope to add a lot of value to this team.”

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Mike Fahey

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