Our prediction for this Champions League match:
This Sparkles will be flying when Rangers and PSV lock horns in the Champions League final qualifying round, first leg at Ibrox Stadium. Rangers set up a meeting with PSV by beating Servette in the double-header, but the bookies see them as the underdogs in this tie. Ben Davies remains on the sidelines through illness, while fellow defender Ridvan Yilmaz has yet to overcome a strain injury. Michael Beale should field the best possible side this time out after resting several first-team regulars in the League Cup win over Morton (2-1) at the weekend.
Luuk de Jong and Co, on the other hand, cruised past Sturm in the third qualifying round, with the team making a flying start to the new Eredivisie campaign as well. PSV are more of a team than Rangers and we predict that the Dutch vice-champions are going to prove their worth on the field. The likes of Mauro Junior, Armando Obispo, and Fredrik Oppegard are rated doubtful for the visitors.will be released soon.
Highlighted Player (Luuk de Jong):
The 26-year-old Dutch striker Luuk de Jong is considered one of Europe’s deadliest strikers with his incredible return of goals in games he spends playing. Luuk de Jong began his football career at De Graafschap in 2008, but moved on to Twente only a year later.
The tally of 39 goals in 76 league appearances earned him a transfer to Borussia Monchengladbach, but his spell in Germany ended in disappointment. Bundesliga club attempted to revive his career by sending him out on loan to Newcastle United but his stint with the English club yielded even more disappointment and concluded in utter disaster with De Jong playing 12 games without scoring a single goal for the Magpies.
A return to Netherlands and PSV Eindhoven turned out to be a proper hit for the 26-year-old striker who has restored his scoring touch with more than 50 goals for the Boeren after less than 90 games.
Highlighted Team (Rangers):
Glasgow Rangers are one of the two synonyms for Scottish Football. Glasgow Rangers were founded back in 1872 and they have been playing an important role in the Scottish top flight ever since. The Gers won their 54th Scottish Premier League title in the 2010/2011 season, but winning of European Cup Winners’ Cup trophy in 1972 is considered the club’s biggest success.
Glasgow Rangers defeated Dynamo Moscow in the final of the competition, with the likes of Stein and Johnston (two goals) scoring for the Scottish side. Celtic are considered the club’s biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two teams meet in the Old Firm derby. The likes of Paul Gascoigne, David Weir, Stefan Klos, Chris Boyd, Ian Durrant and Kenny Miller are some of Rangers’ former notable players.
It has to be noted that the Gers welcome their rivals at Ibrox Stadium, the venue with the capacity of 50,817. Rangers’ support is largely drawn from the Protestant Unionist community.