It’s a winner-takes-all contest in the Netherlands on Wednesday night, and if it’s anything like last week’s encounter in Glasgow, we’re in for a tinderbox tussle. The current state of play is this: PSV and Rangers are level following their 2-2 slugfest at Ibrox earlier this month, so it’s all to play for in midweek.
Rangers, of course, just missed out on the chance to reach the Champions League groups without the commotion of the qualifiers after losing to Frankfurt in last season’s Europa League final. Still, Giovanni van Bronckhorst has made the Gers a ruthlessly effective machine, and even without the raucous Ibrox noise inciting inspiration, the Glaswegians know they can travel to big venues and stun the crowd, as Dortmund and Leipzig found out last term.
PSV lost in the groups to Benfica last season, so they will be baying for blood this time, hoping to banish those ghosts and make the coveted phase of this competition. Europa League awaits for the loser, but PSV are now headed up by a certain Ruud van Nistelrooy, whose own illustrious career path saw him make the Champions League his playground. He will no doubt want a bite at the managerial cherry in this competition.
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PSV Eindhoven vs Rangers match stats
Rangers will be no strangers to the talents of Cody Gakpo, who enjoyed moments of breathtaking magic and trickery last week. The Manchester United-linked winger finished the 2021/22 Eredivisie season having scored 12 goals and provided 13 assists in just 27 games. He also created the second most Big Chances, completed the fourth-most take-ons and created the sixth-most chances of any player. Luuk de Jong could flourish in tandem with his younger compatriot. The ex-Barcelona marksman finished last season’s La Liga having scored more headed goals than any other player. On paper, PSV have a partnership that could cause serious damage.
PSV Eindhoven vs Rangers: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: PSV Eindhoven 2-1 Rangers
8:00 pm Wednesday August 24
PSV Eindhoven 2-1 RangersChampions League Qualifier
16 Aug 2022 – Rangers 2-2 PSV Eindhoven – Champions League Qualifier
17 Mar 2011 – Rangers 0-1 PSV Eindhoven – Europa League
10 Mar 2011 – PSV Eindhoven 0-0 Rangers – Europa League
20 Oct 1999 – Rangers 4-1 PSV Eindhoven – Champions League
28 Sep 1999 – PSV Eindhoven 0-1 Rangers – Champions League
Prior to last week’s 2-2 tussle, these sides last met in the Champions League back in the late 90s. Rangers were also managed by a Dutchman the last time they took on PSV, with Dick Advocaat completing a Scottish Premier League and Scottish Cup double in that 1999/2000 season, while also beating PSV 4-1 in Glasgow, with another Dutchman, Michael Mols, netting a brace on the night.