Reported £5m January Rangers target suffers title blow on league debut
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Reported £5m January Rangers target suffers title blow on league debut

Rangers-linked winger Andreas Skov Olsen makes his league debut for Club Brugge as the Champions League regulars fall further behind in the Belgian Pro League table.

The division’s current Champions – who’ve won four of the last six titles – ended up with nine men as they fell to a 2-1 home defeat to divisional rivals Gent.

Andreas Skov Olsen – signed on a reported £5m deal from Bologna after much discussion surrounding Rangers – came off the bench to make his league debut in the match.

Goals from Andrew Hjulsager and Tarik Tissoudali either side of half-time had Gent 2-0 up before highly-rated Belgian kid Charles De Ketelaere pulled one back.

Colombian defender Eder Balanta was then shown a second yellow in injury time before highly-rated winger Noa Lang saw a straight red for his reaction.

The result leaves Club Brugge in 3rd place in the Belgian top-flight, two points off Royal Antwerp in 2nd and 12 points off runaway leaders Royale Union Saint-Gilloise.

However, all is certainly not lost with the top four sides in Belgium entering a Championship Playoff system which sees points totals after 34 games halved before each side plays each other twice.

Rangers-linked Andreas Skov Olsen suffers Club Brugge league defeat

Whilst Club Brugge flaunted their Champions League cash to secure a deal for Andreas Skov Olsen, the reported January Rangers target was powerless to resist as his new side fell further behind in the title race.

Only his second appearance for Club Brugge since joining in January, it was a league debut to forget for the 22-year-old ex-FC Nordsjælland winger.

But Andreas Skov Olsen did get his Club Brugge career off to an initially positive start, coming off the bench to assist Charles De Ketelaere for the winning goal in a 1-0 Cup victory over Gent in the week.

Whilst Rangers fan media insisted that the Ibrox side had never made a bid for the Denmark international, links to Andreas Skov Olsen persisted throughout the transfer window.

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Rangers instead appeared to fill their right winger void by moving for Man United youngster Amad Diallo, who has been involved in all three games at Ibrox since joining at the end of the window.

Meanwhile, injury comments surrounding another January Rangers target highlight why the Ibrox side were right not to move.