Rangers take on PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League play-off round, the winner takes all and the assorted riches that goes with it.
An estimated £25m is the minimum that clubs who make the group stages earn and for Michael Beale it will have an impact on his budget in the future if he misses out.
The Lights Blues boss is yet to get Rangers firing on all cylinders whereas PSV Eindhoven are flying but, Noa Lang, who has been in fine form, might not be available.
Rangers could be facing PSV Eindhoven without key man
Speaking ahead of their league game against Vitesse Arnhem this weekend, PSV manager Peter Bosz revealed that the 24-year old forward won’t be fit, as reported by Dutch journalist Rik Elfrink:
“Peter Bosz says at the press conference that Noa Lang will not yet play against Vitesse at PSV. He has trained, but Bosz does not take any risks.”
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With two goals in three games, Lang has been in fine form on the opposite flank to Johan Bakayoko.
Bakayoko himself has been the subject of speculation and has been linked with a move to the Premier League and Serie A.
Ibrahim Sangare is another who is in-demand but the likelihood is that the Eredivisie side won’t sell until after the Rangers games.
The two sides were evenly matched last season and for all that Ally McCoist thinks that PSV are stronger, it will still be a 50/50 tie.
Rangers will need to be at their best to beat PSV Eindhoven but if they are missing one or more of their best players, confidence should be higher.
Noa Lang is a good player and PSV’s team-sheet will be eagerly anticipated ahead of a game that means so much on so many levels.