STEPHEN McMANUS has tipped Scott McKenna and Jack Hendry to become ‘top players’ for Scotland but reckons it could take five years.
The former Scotland defender is a big fan of McKenna and was impressed with the Aberdeen centre half in Sunday night’s defeat by Portugal.
McManus backs Hendry and McKenna to be ‘top players’Keith Campbell – The Sun Glasgow
But Hendry did not have as good a time of it at Hampden, with the Celtic stopper gifting possession in the build-up to Portugal’s late third goal.
McManus, capped 26 times, believes the duo have bright futures ahead of them, but admits they could still struggle when making the step up to international level.
He said: “I’m a big fan of Scott McKenna.
“He’s strong, dominant, never afraid go in tight with strikers because he can trust he’ll recover with his pace and power.
Ex-Celtic man reckons it could take five yearsKenny Ramsay – The Sun Glasgow
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“The two of them are talented players, McKenna and Hendry, but both are young and they’re going to make mistakes.
“Jack Hendry, for me, has to become an instinctive defender and think ‘danger’ and put himself in the right positions.
“That will come with more games but he still always wants to take the ball. He showed tremendous courage and bravery to still want possession.
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“He needs to be worked on, he needs to be nurtured — and that’s what happens when you’ve got young centre halves.
“It’s a difficult time just now but in five years, yeah, I think both have the potential to be top, top players because they have so many good attributes.”
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