Rangers must be ready for biggest Euro tie in 12 years v PSV

Rangers must be ready for biggest Euro tie in 12 years v PSV
PSV Eindhoven's players celebrate after scoring their team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round second leg football match between PSV Eindhoven and AS Monaco at the "Phillips Stadium" in Eindhoven on August 9, 2022. - - Netherlands OUT (Photo by Olaf Kraak / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by OLAF KRAAK/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

So now we know. Rangers, having overcome a pretty ordinary side in Union Saint (let’s be frank, they’re poor, and Rangers are vastly better), must face Dutch goliath PSV in the playoff to make the CL group stage.

Make no mistake, THIS will be the toughest European match we have had in well over a decade.

PSV might not be the ‘on paper’ best team we’ve faced, but given what’s on the line this time, we’re up against a side who finished second only to Erik Ten Taag’s goliath Ajax last season. And only by two points.

So this one will be a million times harder than the feeble Malmo we got gubbed by last year, and we will have to bring our A+ game.

Rangers need to be a lot, lot better than they were over the two legs v Union.

The Belgians were evidently average, but they had the measure of us at Ibrox till the penalty changed things.

Once we’d finally breached their rearguard, they were proper vulnerable, but the fact Rangers struggled for 135 minutes of football to do this against a side this average does mean a massive hike in level is required for next week and our visit of the Oranje giants.

Remember, they’ve just beaten Monaco, who themselves are no wimps, so this is not a side to be taken in any way lightly, and naturally there’s £40M on the line in this one.

There’s also the Joey Veerman subplot, in that the former ‘target’ will come to Ibrox at long last having scored v Monaco. He’s a quality player, and we want to show him what he missed out on by choosing PSV.

But this is next week – Rangers must prepare now for a tie that everything rests on.

Bigger than the UEL final? It kind of matches it in many ways.

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  1. Have to agree with every word written.

    From where I was sitting, Rangers lacked a cohesion which will most definitely be required if we’re to make a fist of it against PSV Eindhoven. Better sides than USG would’ve punished our slack play back-to-middle mercilessly.

    I’m not sure if there should’ve been a ‘man of the match’ award. If it instills confidence going forward then it’s permissible. The only way I can think it was awarded to Tillman must’ve been due to the amount of possession he had and or his execution of the winning goal. For the tie against PSV, his use of possession, I’d suggest, has to be much more incisive and quicker.

    C’mon The Rangers… There’s 40m reasons to be significantly improved!

    • Tbf on tillman hess not a winger & looks far more dangerous in behind the striker. Kept running down dead ends on the wing.

  2. OK …..here goes …. I thnk rangers should show major ambition by trying to sign ronaldo …man u want him gone ,1 year deal 12 million wages .
    Money is not his motivator anymore and he is desperate for CL football ,we could recoup the cash easily through qaulification and merchandise sales .It would push us through V very good team and he would run amok up here ,winning us league I reckon .
    A really good goalie signed as well please .
    If you dont try you dont get ,well done rangers last night btw very professional performance .

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