Rangers Champions League rivals PSV get backing in £40m prize hunt
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Rangers Champions League rivals PSV get backing in £40m prize hunt

The Dutch authorities have moved the upcoming clash between PSV Eindhoven and FC Volendam to allow the Eredivisie side to prepare for their Champions League Playoff against Rangers.

Ruud van Nistelrooy’s side will see next weekend’s Dutch top flight clash with Volendam moved from Saturday the 20th of August to a midweek game on Wednesday the 31st August.

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This means that the Dutch side won’t have a match between the first leg of the Champions League clash at Ibrox and the return at the Philips Stadion.

With a reported £40m on the line never mind the prestige of Champions League qualification, PSV Eindhoven claim the move will allow them to “prepare thoroughly” for the Rangers match.

“As PSV have booked a spot in the UEFA Champions League play-offs, the match versus FC Volendam, originally scheduled to take place on Saturday 20 August, has been moved to Wednesday 31 August, with an 18.45 kick-off,” reads a club statement [PSV].

“The match at home to FC Volendam was to take place in between the two play-off games.

“By moving the FC Volendam fixture, PSV will have an opportunity to prepare thoroughly for the decisive second play-off leg in the Philips Stadion on 24 August.

“Ruud van Nistelrooij will face Rangers FC in the UEFA Champions League play-off.

“Rangers progressed to the play-offs after a 3-2 win on aggregate against Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise.

“The Belgians registered a 2-0 win in the first leg but Rangers overcame the two-goal deficit, winning 3-0 in Glasgow.”

Should Rangers request PSV Eindhoven fixture change?

This has immediately had some asking if Rangers should request the SPFL to do the same for them amid a hectic schedule ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.

Scotland is infamously parochial and plenty suspect there would be politicking aplenty from the eastend regarding any request but Rangers are well within their rights to ask the question.

Not only does the current situation hand the Dutch club an advantage over the Scottish one, but Rangers face an objectively tough and bruising trip to Easter Road and Hibs between the two legs.

There are two schools of thought here.

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Should Rangers be following PSV’s lead and requesting the Scottish authorities move the game like their Dutch equivalents?

Or does this Rangers team, full of new players, need be playing more to gel quicker with a postponement of the fixture likely to do more harm than good?

Meanwhile, a one-time reported Rangers target looks set to visit Ibrox after all as the Champions League stage is set.