The Celts have all been returning from each of their international play representing their different countries and today they each reassemble at Lennoxtown to train. Two of the Bhoys had a spring in their steps as the Hoops begin preparation for the weekends Premiership game against Ross County.
Both Jack Hendry and Kristoffer Ajer had a remarkable game play in support to their nations, representing on international stage, Hendry playing his part in Scotland’s 1-0 victory away to Hungary, while Ajer helped Norway to wins over Australia (4-1) and Albania (1-0).
Celtics boss is proud of his Bhoys for the recognition and value played on them. Speaking at Lennoxtown today to Celtic fc News, Brendan Rodgers said of Hendry, who recently joined the Hoops in January from Dundee: “He has the qualities to play for Celtic and Scotland for next few years. His profile fits the very highest level. He’s quick and can defend and, for me, it was very important at international football that he can deal with the ball.
“For a player making his first appearance, away from home on the international stage, I thought he was very composed and looked as if he had played more games than he has done.
“He also made a critical interception in the game, which I’m not sure many other Scottish centre-halves could make. He had to get across the ground at speed and block it and defend it, so I thought he was exceptional. The great thing with Jack is that he wants to learn and keep improving.
“What he has is belief in his ability. It’s not arrogance. He just knows that he’s a good player who has more to improve on.”
So also the Hoops boss see another chance in Kristoffer Ajer’s futurefrom his role and debut on the international play.
“Kristoffer came here as a central midfielder but we felt he could be better and have a more successful career if he could play from the back,” the manager said.
“He’s 6ft 5in, he’s quick and he’s still learning, tactically, to understand the position, so it was great for him at 19 years of age to come in and do what he’s done at Celtic, and then play two 90-minute games for Norway. I think he’s got a great career ahead of him and he has a real hunger to learn.
“And I’m delighted for Jack and Kristoffer to get their first caps so young.”