Jack Hendry’s Scotland call up is leaving fans wondering if the defender has qualities Celtic are missing out on.

The former Dundee defender has been drafted to Alex McLeish’s squad following the injury to Aberdeen stopper Mikey Devlin.

The Scots will face Albania and Israel in two key Nations League matches.

Hendry’s European experience key?

The 23-year-old has played more European games for Celtic than domestic this season.

An injury crisis and Dedryck Boyata going missing meant Hendry was handed a golden opportunity.

Boyata’s transfer push gave Scot a European chance against AEK Athens. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

However, fans were quick to jump the gun and make him the scapegoat for Celtic’s failures in defence.

Nevertheless, Hendry has showed qualities in his performances.

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The centre-back is improving with the ball at his feet and has shown glimpses of offensive mindedness.

Hendry isn’t a stranger to the Scotland set-up either having played in the last friendly against Portugal.

 

Scotland call can show true qualities

With Filip Benkovic and Dedryck Boyata as first choice centre-backs, game time has been cut recently.

Filip Benkovic has kept his team mate out the team since joining from Leicester this summer. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

If Hendry starts in the Nations League games, he must show what Celtic are missing.

Celtic will be looking for both players’ replacements as odds are they are away in the summer.

The Glasgow-born defender will need to make the most of any time he can get.

Excelling for Scotland will be one way he can get into Celtic’s good books.

Scotland matches are key for Celtic future with Rodgers eying better quality next summer. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

His head must not drop nor performances dip with spells out from first team domestic football.

Scotland manager McLeish must see qualities in Hendry from his Celtic and Dundee performances.

Other defenders such as Liam Cooper are at home much to the dismay of the Tartan Army.

McLeish must show his Hendry gamble is worth it as his job may balance on it.

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