Fresh off a brilliant win over Union Saint-Giloise in the last round, Rangers now only one two-legged tie vs PSV Eindhoven from achieving League of champions group stage for the first time since 2010-11.
The first leg of the play-off takes place at Ibrox on Tuesday night (kick-off 20:00 BST) – the scene of many memorable European nights during their run to the Europa League final last year and also on last week’s 3-0 triumph over Union SG this saw them overturn a two-goal first-leg deficit against the Belgians to keep their group stage dreams alive.
For their part, PSV were dramatically knocked out by Monaco in the third qualifying round with an extra-time draw in Eindhoven, but despite beating one of Europe’s biggest attackers to reach this stage, they will face an uphill task at Ibrox. where nobody RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, Crvena Zvezda Belgrade or Braga could get the best Ger last season.
Two managers – Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Ruud van Nistelrooy – have plenty of history together, having been teammates in the Netherlands team between 1998 and 2010 and also facing each other as players when this match was played in 1999. Van Bronkhorst’s Rangers then went on to win 4-1, although van Nistelrooy won PSV’s goal from the penalty spot.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game:
When is Rangers vs PSV Eindhoven?
The first leg kicks off at 20:00 BST at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow on Tuesday 16 August.
Where can I watch it?
The match will be shown live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, kick-off at 19:15. The game can also be streamed via the BT Sport app and website. You can subscribe to BT Sport HERE.
What’s the team news?
Striker Ryan Kent and centre-back James Sands were missing from the team who beat St Johnstone at the weekend but Sands is expected to recover from illness and Kent should also be ready to replace Rabbi Matondo on the left. Giovanni van Bronckhorst has hinted that Alfredo Morelos is still not ready to play 90 minutes, so previous round hero Antonio Cholak is likely to continue in the middle, while the Dutchman also has a choice between Glen Camaro and Tom Lawrence. Kemar Roofe, Filip Hellander and Yannis Haghi are still missing.
PSV are currently without strikers Noni Madueke, Carlos Vinicius and Jorbe Vertesen, while defenders Mauro Junior and Olivier Boscaglia will also miss out. Xavi Simmons and Guus Thiel will battle for a place in midfield, while boss Ruud van Nistelrooy will also have to choose between Yohan Bakayoko and Ismael Saibari in attack.
Rangers XI: John McLaughlin; James Tavernier, Conor Goldson, James Sands, Borna Barisic; Scott Arfield, John Lundstrom, Glen Camaro; Malik Tillman, Antonio Colak, Ryan Kent
PSV XI: Walter Benitez; Philip Mwene, Jordan Tese, Armando Obispo, Philip Max; Ibrahim Sangare, Guus Thiel, Joey Wirman; Johan Bakayoka, Luuk de Jong, Cody Gakpo
Rangers’ home form, both domestically and in continental competition, has been excellent as Ibrox has indeed proved a fortress. It could be another special European night in Govan if the Gerries are favored to defend in Eindhoven next week. Rangers 2-1 PSV