Rangers will finally see former targets Xavi Simons and Joey Veerman arrive at Ibrox albeit perhaps not in the circumstances we’d want, as the two long-term potential signings line up for the opposition as the Famous host PSV in the Champions League playoff.
It’s an absolutely colossal match, a genuinely top-quality side and overcoming this one would be bigger than Dortmund and Leipzig, make no mistake.
PSV might not be regarded as being as good as the former two (albeit this is still debatable, they’re some team) but the level is much higher – the Champions League is the Promised Land and where all teams want to be, so the stakes are far greater.
And Rangers will have to put the Dutch duo of Simons and Veerman in their places, which will be no mean feat.
For Simons’ part he has a goal and an assist already in 3 appearances, although he played no part in PSV’s tie v Monaco, and we already know what a talent he is. He was one we’d have loved to sign, but it wasn’t to be.
As for Veerman, a Barry Ferguson type, and already a mainstay for his new team, Rangers pulled out of this one when it emerged the boy has homesickness issues and wouldn’t have been able to leave Holland permanently, but he’s a fantastic player.
So Rangers will have to bring our best game next week.
Rangers have killed giants at this level before, long ago, with PSV themselves falling victim in a different time 20 years ago. And of course, Leeds fell in the battle of Britain before the inaugural competition began in 1992.
So yes, we can.
Make no mistake, again, this is a different planet to overcoming ANYONE in the UEL, because so much less is at stake there. Playing Barnet in the UCL is much more difficult and more lucrative than Real in the UEL.
So yes, we can.
It’s on Gio to figure out how to beat his old friend Ruud in the showdown of the Dutch Masters.