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Hanley will get better and better - Hendry
COLIN Hendry has moved to give Blackburn Rovers and Scotland centre-back Grant Hanley a timely confidence boost.
Hanley was sent off in his last Rovers appearance at Wigan but ahead of Scotland’s World Cup qualifier against Croatia at Hampden Park tonight, Hendry insists the 21-year-old has the potential to go on to be a hugely influential figure for his club.
The former Rovers and Scotland captain has assured Hanley he will learn from his mistakes – and told him that he deserves huge credit for becoming an international regular at such a young age.
Hendry said: “Grant has certainly come on leaps and bounds.
“He’s done ever so well for Scotland and for us – he’s got a bright future. To be playing for his country at 21 is unique in the present day. You talk about centre-backs not really coming to the fore at that level until later in their career.
“You have isolated examples. So the thing is he must be good enough – and he is good enough.
“In terms of his development I hope he continues to improve and things get even better for him."
Hanley is expected to win his 11th cap in tonight’s Croatia clash.
It is the last competitive match he is available to play in until November 9 after being hit with a three-game domestic ban for lashing out at Nick Powell in the 2-1 loss at Wigan.
Hanley was captaining Rovers and, after seeing his 10-man side go down to an injury-time loss he was quick to apologise.
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