Rangers should have moved for Grant Hanley, suggests ex-Ibrox defender Colin Hendry

Blackburn's Grant Hanley

Glasgow Rangers should have recruited Newcastle United summer signing Grant Hanley, suggests former Gers defender Colin Hendry.

Blackburn's Grant HanleyBlackburn's Grant Hanley

Colin Hendry has suggested to The Scottish Sun that Rangers should have signed Grant Hanley from Blackburn Rovers in the summer transfer window.

The former Rangers defender has suggested that Hanley has the character to play for the Scottish Premiership giants.

The 24-year-old joined Newcastle United from Championship rivals Blackburn in the summer transfer window.

According to The Daily Mail, the Magpies had to pay Rovers a transfer fee of £6 million in order to secure the services of the Scotland international defender.

Former Rangers defender Hendry believes that Mark Warburton’s side still need to sign a centre-back, and has suggested that the Gers should have moved for Hanley before he joined Newcastle.

Grant Hanley of Blackburn RoversGrant Hanley

“I was asked about Grant Hanley - that’s the type of character they need,” Hendry told The Scottish Sun. “But it’s a balance with what they need and what they can spend.”

This is not the first time that Hendry has suggested that Rangers move for Hanley.

In late May, the former Blackburn and Manchester City defender told The Sunday Post that Hanley would be a good signing for the Gers.

Blackburn Rovers Grant Hanley and Bristol City's Lee Tomlin in actionGrant Hanley and Lee Tomlin in action

“Listen, we all know it comes down to finances and it’s hard to compete with the cash that’s going about down south,” Hendry told The Sunday Post at the time.

“But if they have a chunk of their budget set aside for a centre-half, then I would look at Grant Hanley.

"He is 24 and still learning his trade, but he has improved significantly in the past two years and now has more than 200 first-team games under his belt.”

Hanley, who played 44 times in the Championship for Blackburn last season, has made one appearance in the league for Newcastle so far this campaign.

Grant Hanley celebrates after scoring the third goal for BlackburnGrant Hanley

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