FORMER Celtic centre-back Jack Hendry endured a Champions League nightmare as Club Brugge toppled 2-0 at home to Benfica.

The Scotland international, who quit the Hoops in June 2021 after a season-long loan at KV Oostende, struggled against Filipe Jota’s ex-Lisbon giants in the first leg of their last-16 tie in Europe’s elite competition.

It was goalless in the first-half, but Hendry charged into a reckless challenge on Goncalo Ramosto to gift the Portuguese aces the opening goal from the penalty spot in the 51st minute.

COLLISION COURSE…Jack Hendry clatters into the back of Goncalo Ramosto to present Benfica with a penalty-kick for their opening goal in the 2-0 win over Club Brugge in Belgium.

Joao Mario accepted the award and fired high into the net beyond helpless one-time Liverpool keeper Simon Mingolet.

And Hendry could only look on helplessly as David Neres sped through the Belgian club’s rearguard before slotting in the second goal in the 88th minute to give his side an impressive lead before the return leg at the Stadium of Light on March 7.

The Belgians, under new coach Scott Parker, the former Bournemouth and Fulham boss, had been hoping the Champions League would give them a chance to overcome a run of poor domestic form, but now Hendry and Co appear to be heading for the exit.

Another ex-Hoops centre-back, Dedryk Boyata, was an unused substitute for Brugge.

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