Former Dundee defender Jack Hendry has backed the Dark Blues to haul themselves off the foot of the Premiership table.
The Celtic centre-back played the full 90 minutes in Scotland’s 3-1 friendly defeat to Portugal at Hampden on Sunday evening.
However, when asked about the fortunes of his former club, who sit bottom of the Premiership pile, the 23-year-old was bullish in his assertion they “definitely” have what it takes to climb up the league.
“I haven’t seen much of Dundee’s games to be fair but, obviously, sometimes they’ve been struggling to pick up results that maybe they’ve deserved to get and get a few points in.
“That part of it will be a frustration for themselves but I’d like to see them do well.
“They’ve, obviously, got the ability in their squad to get out of the position they’re in and, hopefully, they can do that.”
Scotland fell to defeat in Glasgow’s south side against the European Champions with Hendry and Kirriemuir native Scott McKenna at the heart of the home rearguard.
They shipped three goals, one more than their team-mates did against Israel last Thursday in their 2-1 Nations League loss in Haifa.
However, Hendry believes they didn’t disgrace themselves after Steven Naismith notched with the last kick of the game to cancel out earlier goals from Helder Costa, Eder and Bruma for the Portuguese.
He added: “I don’t think there was much in it. I thought it was a good performance, especially in the first half.
“It didn’t feel like a 3-1 defeat, so it was a bit disappointing coming off with that scoreline but it was good to get the goal at the end.”
The former Partick Thistle and Wigan centre-half has been pleased with his own progress in the blue of Scotland lately after picking up his third cap.
He hopes that, alongside defensive partner McKenna, there are many more to come in the months and years ahead as Alex McLeish’s side look to get their Nations League campaign back on track as they travel to Albania and Israel come to Hampden next month.
“In my first two caps I think I played very well and again last night, apart from near the end where I gave the ball away and it led to a goal, I thought I had a solid performance.
“I’m taking everything in my stride, trying to keep learning and, hopefully, building on it. Scott’s a talented player and it’s good to see that kind of talent coming through the Scotland ranks. We work well as a partnership and we work well with each other so, hopefully, that can grow.
“With the facilities, the coaching staff and the players around you at Celtic and with Scotland you’re always going to kick on as long as you put the work in, which I’m doing. So, hopefully, I can keep improving.”