Scotland defender Jack Hendry has caught headlines after his stunning performance for Club Brugge against Lionel Messi and PSG.
The former Dundee defender joined the Belgian side this summer after initially leaving Celtic for KV Oostende, where he spent last season on loan. Hendry has shone in Belgium over the last 12 months and his form has brought him back into Scotland head coach Steve Clarke’s plans, as well as earning him a move to the Belgian champions.
His latest appearance came on Wednesday night in a 1-1 draw with PSG in the Champions League, the French club playing a world-class front three of Kylian Mbappe, Messi and Neymar. Hendry handled the game excellently, highlighting a sharp rise from being at Dundee in 2018 and his move to Celtic not working out as planned.
Club Brugge head coach Philippe Clement said: “I’ve been through a lot of nights here over the years, but I think this is the most beautiful. This is history. Not only because of the result, because that could have been even better, but especially because of the way in which it was done.
“PSG is the best team in a long time who has played here. If you can achieve such a performance both offensively and defensively, then I am very proud of my group of players. We have made great strides forward. PSG have gone all out for it too. They had their stars on the field. This is just fantastic.”
Hendry’s performance hasn’t been missed by fans back in Scotland.
A brilliant night from Jack Hendry against legitimately the best attackers in world football. His performance for Scotland against Austria felt like the peak of his "comeback" but tonight may have topped it. Assured, and reliable, a truly great performance. 🏴🇧🇪 pic.twitter.com/TeFWoYRp0C
— Byron Hutchison (@ByronHutchison) September 15, 2021
Jack Hendry wasn’t trusted enough to start against Hamilton Accies and has just shut out Messi, Neymar & Mbappe.
— Evan (@EvanMcFarlane) September 15, 2021
Ex-Partick Thistle man Jack Hendry starting a champions League group stage match facing up against a front three of Messi, Neymar & Mbappe. Absolute madness.
— reisshaldane (@reisshaldane) September 15, 2021
Jack Hendry, take a bow👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Calum Brown (@Calum_Brown99) September 15, 2021
Jack Hendry pocketing Messi, bodes well for the World Cup final.
— John Clarke (@johnclarke88) September 15, 2021
jack hendry our (best) centre half 🏴
— kayley (@_kayleydavies) September 15, 2021
Maldini in his prime < Jack Hendry https://t.co/HXUW8NFnav
— Gary (@birkiegary) September 15, 2021
Scotland defender Jack Hendry deserves a lot of credit. Comfortably managed Neymar, Messi and Mbappe (for the 52 minutes he played) for most of Club Brugge v PSG. Incredible performance from a young defender who was cast away by Celtic only a few years ago…
— Football Intelligence Unit (@unit_football) September 15, 2021
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