JACK HENDRY is hoping his loan spell away from Celtic to Melbourne City will keep him on Steve Clarke’s international radar.
The versatile defender has joined the A-League outfit after playing only 11 minutes of first-team football for the champions this season as a late substitute for Jeremie Frimpong in the 5-0 Betfred League Cup quarter-final win at Parkhead in September.
Hendry was quick to agree to the move Down Under and he is eager to show he can still play a role for Scotland with the Euro 2020 Play-Off semi-final due against Israel at Hampden on March 26.
The 24-year-old had several options in Scotland and England, but decided to go to Melbourne to get his career back on track.
Hendry, who already has three caps, told the Daily Record: “I love playing for my country and it is one of the biggest honours in the game.
“That was one of the reasons why I wanted to come out on loan because I want to push to get back into the Scotland set-up.
BHOY BLUE…Jack Hendry playing for Scotland against Portugal in October 2018.
“My debut against Hungary is one of my proudest moments and playing for my country means the world to me and my family.
“It is an exciting time for the national team and whether I am involved in the play-offs or not I will be supporting the team.
“Opportunities like this don’t come round too often.
“The play-offs are a massive opportunity for the team to progress and every top Scottish player will be desperate to be involved.
“I am no different, but my main focus in the short-term is just to come out and do as well as I can with Melbourne City over the coming weeks.”
Hendry, who cost ex-gaffer Brendan Rodgers £1.3million when he arrived from Dundee in January 2018, added: “Scotland don’t have a lot of right-sided central defenders just now and I feel I am more than capable of stepping back up to that level again.
“I showed that in my first couple of games for Scotland against Hungary and Mexico.
“I maybe didn’t hit the same heights against Portugal, but I was playing with an injury at the time and I was also in and out of the Celtic team because of that.
“The key is to get my head down and to play well for Melbourne City and if I do that then, hopefully, Scotland will come around again.”