Scotland’s John Henderson is still basking in the glory of his famous World Cup of Darts triumph last year.
Amid emotional scenes, Henderson – a late replacement for Gary Anderson – won the tournament alongside Peter Wright in September 2021, beating Austria in the final in Jena. With the 2022 tournament coming up in Frankfurt, Germany, next month, Henderson got his hands on the trophy again at the weekend after being given the chance to hold it aloft at half-time of Celtic’s 4-1 win over Hearts.
The Highlander, wearing a Celtic scarf, looked as proud as punch as he showed off the silverware on the Celtic Park pitch. His appearance on the hallowed turf went down well with fans of the big Scot, with Daniel Gallagher tweeting: “Class seeing you out on that pitch while James Hughes added: “Great to see you on the pitch at Paradise on Saturday. Good luck in the 2 ET qualifiers.”
Meanwhile, @LoganCooper06 questioned Henderson’s footballing allegiance, adding: “NAH mate can't be having you support Celtic, you’re my favourite and I'm Rangers.”
Henderson will get the chance to defend the trophy after being confirmed alongside Wright again in the Scotland line-up for the 2022 edition of the World Cup. While he is not the second or third-ranked Scottish player, his participation has been endorsed by both Anderson and PDC chief executive Matt Porter.
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“Gary actually said to us ‘I hope you pick Hendo this year,” Porter told Online Darts TV. “Gary is a fair bloke and he knows what John did with Peter last year was spectacular.
“He thought John deserved the opportunity to do it again. Fair play to Gary, fair play to John. He’s not the third-ranked Scottish player, I don’t know where he is now, not as high as he’d like to be but, nevertheless, he’s the defending champion. I don’t think you’ll get too many people arguing he doesn’t deserve that opportunity.”
This year's tournament in Germany runs from June 16-19.
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