There’s been a bit of chat about PSV’s strong home record, and why Rangers really need to take a good result to Holland to have a chance of making the group stage.
Well, this isn’t untrue, but it’s not the full picture either.
Indeed, it’s not even that long since the Eredivise giants were beaten on their own patch – Leicester, in April.
They also lost in domestic matters in February to Utd’s conquerors AZ and in January to Ajax, so their home record is far from imperious.
But of course, they are good on their own patch – this year they have lost just those three matches, and drawn only one other – the rest have all been clean wins in all competitions.
PSV are a side alright, and Ibrox Noise’s Derek has given you our full lowdown on how they operate.
This match is a gigantic upgrade on last summer’s Malmo tie, this is a much, much better team, but as Derek says, they have weaknesses and Gio is one of the best-placed managers to know how to exploit those.
In every sense, Rangers will be facing a proper CL team tomorrow, in the CL. See, fans point to Dortmund and Leipzig, but they weren’t CL teams when we faced them – they were UEL teams.
However you end up in the UEL, once you’re there, you are a UEL team.
And the stakes are nowhere near the levels they are in the CL.
But PSV are both UCL in quality, and actual, because we face them on the cusp of the group stage of that very competition.
Rangers secured history last week – we won our first CL match over 90 minutes since 2010.
This gave unspeakable confidence that we can do it again, but as Derek says, PSV are quite, quite different from USG.
Game very much on.