Rangers welcome old nemesis PSV Eindhoven to Ibrox next week, in what-now boss Frank Bosz will be viewing as his old friends from Ibrox following his Leverkusen side rather easily dispatching then-manager Steven Gerrard’s men in 2020.
Bosz consequently already knows Rangers well, and indeed Michael Beale well, and having put the side away three years ago with his former German charges will have an advantage tactically in how to deal with us.
Gerrard might have made the decisions and got the credit, but Beale constructed the system as we detail here and Bosz overcame that system with ease. But that Bayer was some side in fairness.
Indeed, next week is a massive reunion with both he, PSV themselves, and of course ex-player Malik Tillman assuming he’s involved, and to say the subplots are rich doesn’t do it justice, and that’s without even mentioning the infamous Joey Veerman spat which in itself rumbled on prior to the first encounter and only got juicier with his digs at the club once he’d lost.
So we can safely say that even before a ball is kicked, there’s a massive amount of tension between Rangers and PSV which definitely makes things spicier.
The Dutch, by a distance, are the better team, but they were last time too and then-manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst still found a way to win, by way of a titanic Dutch display from, Scott Arfield, Antonio Colak and Malik Tillman in particular.
Rangers don’t have any of them now, the Croat striker especially a big loss with Michael Beale’s misfiring attack as it is now, but Rangers have faced even bigger obstacles and overcome them nevertheless.
But PSV will be absolutely desperate for revenge, Veerman in particular will probably put in the performance of his life given how much he’s known to absolutely loathe us.
Indeed, the whole club does, Rangers are by far PSV’s most hated side aside from Ajax and Feyenoord, of course – it just all adds up to a 100% grudge match.
PSV will throw their souls into winning this and securing what they believe is their rightful place in the Champions League group stage. In reality it probably is, so we’d love to absolutely gut them by stealing it yet again.
Joey would love that….