Michael Beale takes an SPFL swipe as Rangers ready a gruelling Ross County trip between their Champions League double-header v PSV Eindhoven.
Rangers manager Beale was speaking after the club’s Viaplay Cup clash with Greenock Morton in Glasgow over the weekend.
With the talent-strewn ranks of PSV Eindhoven now set to rock up at Ibrox on Tuesday evening, attentions are fully focused on the Champions League Playoff clash.
But as Rangers vie to make it amongst Europe’s elite, PSV Eindhoven have been helped out by the Dutch authorities in a collective attempt to halt them.
Rangers boss Michael Beale in SPFL PSV swipe
Having their match with Go Ahead Eagles rescheduled, it means PSV will get a full eight days off between their trip to Ibrox and the return to Holland.
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There’s no such chance of this happening in parochial Scotland – heaven forbid we support one of our top teams reaching the Champions League – and to add insult to injury Rangers face a gruelling three-hour early-morning trip up to Dingwall next Saturday.
Rangers will face Ross County up north next weekend in an early 12:30pm kick off and the Ibrox boss is clear that the situation isn’t doing his side any favours.
“It’s two wonderful games [against PSV],” Beale said following the 2-1 League Cup victory at Ibrox.
“In between that we’ve got a difficult trip up to Ross County for an early start, PSV get the week off so I’ll let you argue the reasons behind that.”
Stephen Craigan would then respond: “I think you’re making a point there.”
To which Michael Beale answered: “You’re not wrong”.
That said, the situation didn’t help PSV Eindhoven last season with Rangers overcoming the Dutch to reach the Champions League group stages.
Revenge is now firmly on the minds of the Eredivisie side, who pose a substantially different threat this time around.
PSV are favourites heading into the tie and it’s little wonder given they’ve spent £30m+ boosting their squad this summer.
Rangers, meanwhile, continue to stutter with steady shoots of progress as the club’s summer rebuild slowly begins to take shape.