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‘WE’RE NOT THERE TO MAKE UP THE NUMBERS,’ INSISTS HENDRY

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CELTIC’S Jack Hendry insists he will be concentrating on Scotland and will not be sidetracked by transfer speculation as he prepares for the Euro Finals.

The 26-year-old Hoops centre-half has just completed a successful season-long loan deal with Belgian outfit KV Oostende who have an option to buy the player.

Hendy is believed to have been rated in the £1.75milion region when the clubs agreed the temporary switch last summer.

The defender, who was bought by Brendan Rodgers from Dundee in a £1.2million deal in January 2018, still has 12 months to run on his Parkhead terms.

While there is speculation about his club future, the ball-playing back-four star is focusing on his country and the upcoming Euro Group D games against the Czech Republic at Hampden on June 14, England at Wembley four days later and Croatia on the 22nd, again in Glasgow.

POINTING THE WAY AHEAD…Jack Hendry in action for Scotland against Portugal at Hampden in October 2018.

Hendry, speaking to BBC Sport, admitted: “I don’t know where I’ll be next season – what will be, will be.

“Obviously, I’m concentrating on being with Scotland and letting those things happen with my representatives and the clubs.

“I’ve been in the situation before where I’ve been linked with clubs, so I’m not concentrating on that at all.”

Hendry earned his first caps in more than two years in March and he hopes to continue the upward trend by convincing international gaffer Steve Clarke he is the man for the right-sided centre-back role with Manchester United’s Scott McTominay likely to play in his preferred midfield role during the country’s first major finals since Craig Brown led us to the World Cup in France in 1998.

He added: “I am in a really good place. This is a chance for me to make a statement.

“We’re a confident group and we’ve got extremely talented players, so we are definitely not going there to make up the numbers. We’re ambitious and we’ll see how far that takes us.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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