With Ange Postecoglou having seen his Celtic team get off to a questionable start in both the Premiership – with the Bhoys falling to three defeats over their opening seven games of the season – and the Europa League – having shipped eight goals over two losses in the Hoops’ European fixtures so far – pressure is already beginning to mount on the manager at Parkhead.
However, with a number of the 56-year-old’s summer signings still bedding in at the club, as well as Celtic demonstrating in spells the impressive brand of football the manager is attempting to implement, the current situation at Paradise, although slightly concerning, is far from a disaster just yet.
Although, while Postecoglou is struggling for decent results with his new side, the same cannot be said for one of the players with whom Celtic parted ways this summer – Jack Hendry.
With the Bhoys offloading the centre-back to Oostende for just £990k following the 26-year-old’s impressive 2020/21 campaign while on loan at the Jupiler Pro League side, the Belgian club decided to immediately cash in on the Scotland international, with Club Brugge snapping him up for £4.05m.
Over the defender’s nine league appearances for Brugge this season, he has once again impressed at a new club, helping his team to keep two clean sheets, making 1.3 interceptions, 1.4 tackles and 3.4 clearances and winning 5.6 duels per game.
These returns have seen the 26-year-old earn an average SofaScore match rating of 7.10, with his performance ranking him as Philippe Clement’s joint-seventh best performer in the Belgian top flight, in which they are the current leaders.
The 6 foot 3 centre-back has also performed admirably in the club’s two Champions League games, receiving a SofaScore match rating of 7.0 in a 1-1 draw with a Paris Saint-Germain side boasting a front three of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, in addition to a 6.7 rating in the 2-1 victory over RB Leipzig this week.
As such, with Celtic appearing to lack solidity at the back in both their league and European campaigns – something that the player who Brendan Rodgers dubbed a “fabulous” talent seems to be offering Brugge in abundance – the argument that selling the £3.15m-rated man was a nightmare decision by the Hoops is a fair one to make.