Rangers pair walk suspension tightrope ahead of PSV playoff clash

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Rangers pair walk suspension tightrope ahead of PSV playoff clash

Rangers pair James Sands and Tom Lawrence are walking a suspension tightrope ahead of the club’s Champions League qualifier with PSV Eindhoven.

Both players have picked up two yellow cards so far in the qualifiers and under Champions League rules will be banned for the second leg in the Netherlands if they are handed a third in the first leg at Ibrox.

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James Sands and Tom Lawrence are regarded as key players on this stage for Rangers and both players started both legs in the eventual 3-2 aggregate win over Union Saint Gilloise.

With only two games played, both Sands and Lawrence picked up a yellow card in each of the clashes with the Belgian outfit.

Rangers will be well aware of the situation heading into the first leg of the clash with PSV as the Ibrox side hope to take a lead to the Netherlands.

But if either player picks up a yellow against Ruud van Nistelrooy’s side then they will miss the second leg whatever the result at Ibrox this evening.

Rangers boss on PSV clash as Sands and Lawrence walk suspension tightrope

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been speaking ahead of the clash with PSV Eindhoven and called on supporters to bring the noise in Govan.

However, the Dutch coach reiterated that the responsibility is on the players to put in a performance that the crowd can respond to.

“The most important thing is how we start the game and how we want to play,” said van Bronckhorst [Rangers]

“It makes it easier for us if we have a good start, that’s what we always want to do at home.

“Here you have the great support of the fans but I think you make it extra special and more hectic if the performance on the pitch is there, because then it will become stronger and stronger.

“That’s what we have to do and try to achieve and make sure we are on top. The fans are a big influence.

“If you play away from home and the fans are really there it’s a different environment. The teams that came here last season felt that.

“Combined with the Ibrox atmosphere on European nights we should have a good result but we have to take into account the quality of the opponent.

“ We have to be in very good condition and on top of our game because the last tie against Union we were under par away from home and we had to give it everything to make sure we got through after losing two goals.”

Whilst James Sands and Tom Lawrence walk a Rangers suspension tightrope ahead of the clash with PSV, one player who could’ve been turning out at Ibrox has travelled with the Dutch club.