With the excitement building, all eyes are on who Rangers boss Michael Beale will select to face PSV in the Ibrox leg of the Champions League Playoff.

The Gers overcame the Dutch last season at this stage, with revenge on the mind of the Eredivisie side who’ve made some substantial investment this summer.

Pressed on this rematch of sorts ahead of the Champions League clash, Michael Beale pointed to the fact that things are very different for both Rangers and PSV this time around.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst was facing off against former Netherlands teammate Ruud van Nistelrooy in the dugouts last season whilst Rangers are now bossed by Michael Beale and PSV by Peter Bosz.

On top of that, Rangers have just undergone a massive summer overhaul whilst PSV have invested north of £30m on new additions themselves.

It means that this could potentially be a very different tie than before, even if Rangers will be hoping for the same result, and Michael Beale has challenged both his new look side and the Ibrox crowd to stand up and be counted.

With ex-Rangers star Malik Tillman now turning out for PSV Eindhoven, it’s one of several subplots to an enthralling Champions League Playoff tie which is sure to have the attentions of European football this week.

Glasgow Rangers v PSV Eindhoven - UEFA Champions League Play-Off First Leg
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As for the line up, Jack Butland was a hero v Servette and will once again need to be at his best if we stand any chance of progression.

There’s also a similar feel to the defence, with James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, John Souttar and Borna Barisic offering Ibrox experience in abundance.

In the middle of the park there are some big decisions to be made, and we’re banking on Ryan Jack starting alongside Jose Cifuentes and Nicolas Raskin.

Todd Cantwell would then be shimmied forward at the expense of ex-PSV star Sam Lammers, with a £10.5m Rangers strike pairing of Cyriel Dessers and Danilo tasked with downing PSV Eindhoven.

Rangers predicted XI for Champions League Playoff v PSV – 4-3-1-2

GK – Jack Butland

DR – James Tavernier

DC – Connor Goldson

DC – John Souttar

DL – Borna Barisic

CM – Jose Cifuentes

CM – Nicolas Raskin

CM – Ryan Jack

CAM – Todd Cantwell

ST – Cyriel Dessers

ST – Danilo

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