£3.5m player linked to Rangers in summer on wrong side of CL hammering
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£3.5m player linked to Rangers in summer on wrong side of CL hammering

Former Celtic defender Jack Hendry, who was linked to Rangers in the summer before eventually joining Club Brugge, had a night to forget in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Hendry only officially left Celtic in June, joining KV Oostende in a reported £1.75m deal following a successful loan spell.

Hendry playing alongside now Rangers star Fashion Sakala at KV Oostende last season. (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite captaining KVO during the opening weeks of the season, it was reported that the Belgian club were open to selling him on for profit almost immediately.

Rangers had already done business with them ahead of the summer window, securing Fashion Sakala on a pre-contract deal and 90min.com reported that the Light Blues were one of several clubs in contention to sign Hendry.

No move to Ibrox materialised, though, and he instead joined Belgian champions Club Brugge on deadline day.

He signed a four-year deal with the transfer fee reportedly £3.5m [Scottish Sun].

He’s since established himself as a regular at centre-back, making 16 appearances to date across the Pro League and Champions League.

Club Brugge are second in the domestic league table but they’re finding things tough in a CL Group A that includes PSG, RB Leipzig and Man City.

Things started off well, with a draw at home to PSG and a win in Leipzig, with Hendry playing in both matches.

However, they’ve proven to be no match for City.

The Premier League champions won 5-1 in Bruges last month and then dished out another hammering in Manchester on Wednesday night, winning 4-1.

The formerly Rangers-linked defender was on the wrong end of a Champions League hammering.  (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Brugge got back level courtesy of an own goal after going behind early on but City would go on to score three times in the second half, with Hendry part of a back five that couldn’t live with the opposition’s attackers.

The 26-year-old rushed out of defence leaving a gaping hole for City to exploit for their third of the evening and received a low WhoScored.com rating of 5.9.

After the links to Hendry, Rangers didn’t sign any centre-backs in the summer window.

Instead, they just trimmed their resources in the area, selling George Edmundson to Ipswich Town and loaning Nikola Katic to Hajduk Split, deals Gerrard may have regretted somewhat when Filip Helander picked up a serious injury in September.

Meanwhile, another Rangers-linked defender is receiving rave reviews for ‘sensational’ performances in England.