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Total Duds: Philippe Senderos’ disastrous derby debut set the tone for his miserable year at Rangers

Total Duds: Philippe Senderos’ disastrous derby debut set the tone for his miserable year at Rangers

This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at a player who disappointed after being signed, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to illustrate how ill-judged the transfer decision had been.

Rangers will secure qualification for the knockout stages of the Europa League next week with a draw against Young Boys at Ibrox. [via UEFA.com]

The Swiss team inflicted the only defeat of the group stage so far for Steven Gerrard’s side, 2-1 in Bern a couple of months ago, and it wasn’t the first time that a link between Rangers and Switzerland worked out unfavourably for the Glasgow-based club.

In August 2016, Philippe Senderos was training with the ‘Gers at their Auchenhowie base for two weeks before signing with the club at the end of the month, as reported by the Daily Record.

According to the Daily Record, the Swiss centre-back only became a target for then-Rangers boss Mark Warburton after being unable to lure Joleon Lescott to Ibrox.

Having been a free agent after his release by Grasshoppers Zurich and initially not a priority for Warburton, the circumstances of Senderos’ arrival at Rangers hardly seemed the most auspicious.

A derby debut against Celtic presented an immediate opportunity for the defender to strike an instant rapport with the ‘Gers faithful, but instead it went horrendously wrong for player and club.

Already on a yellow card going into the final 15 minutes with his team 3-1 down, a handball in the centre of the pitch saw him being dismissed as Celtic added two further goals in the closing stages. [via Sky Sports]

Following what Mark Walker described in the Daily Record as a “car crash debut“, Senderos was back in the team shortly after serving his suspension but then came a fallow four-month period where he did not take to the pitch once, frequently failing to even make the matchday squad. [via TransferMarkt]

After a couple of appearances in February 2017, one in a Scottish Cup game against Morton, he again lost his place in the side and incurred a knee injury in April which ended his season prematurely. [via TransferMarkt]

By the end of the campaign, the defender had played just four times for Rangers, who released him in summer 2017, the third time in 16 months that Senderos had been let go by a club.

At the end of that campaign, Rangers-supporting singer Amy Macdonald (wife of ex-Gers defender Richard Foster) did not mince her words in assessing his fortunes at the club, telling Swiss media outlet Coop Zeitung [via Daily Record]: “He is a terrible footballer. Senderos is one of the worst players ever.” Writing for HITC, Dan Coombs bluntly described him as “one of Rangers’ worst ever signings”.

To his credit, the 34-year-old has shown no ill feelings towards the Ibrox club, telling the Daily Record earlier this year that he has “no regrets at all” about how the move worked out and adding: “I’m pleased I played for Rangers and have nothing bad to say about the club.”

While Senderos is clearly not bitter about his abortive year at Ibrox, the withering assessments of some observers would suggest that the feeling is not quite mutual. Unfortunately for the Swiss centre-back, his calamitous derby debut set the tone for a rather forgettable stint in Glasgow.

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