By Joe Ellis

14th Aug, 2022 | 3:06pm

Rangers need to up levels in Champions League decider - Sir Kenny Dalglish

Scotland will take on the Netherlands once more in European competition when Rangers and PSV Eindhoven lock horns in the Champions League.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men made a stunning comeback in the previous round against Royal Union Saint Gilloise of Belgium while the Eredivisie side beat AS Monaco of Ligue 1 in extra-time.

Ruud van Nistelrooy and his troops will have a weekend off between the two legs of the tie with big money implications while the Light Blues will have to play Hibernian in the Premiership.

“I’m not so sure having their Premiership game called off is what Rangers would want,” Sir Kenny Dalglish said in his Sunday Post column about the potential of a postponement of the Hibs clash.

“They played Thursday-Sunday many times last season, and coped really well with the intensity and hectic schedule, both in Europe and domestically.

“Let’s just hope Rangers get a good result at Ibrox on Tuesday to take over to Holland for the return leg. It was a remarkable 90 minutes from them to overturn Union St Gilloise last midweek.”

Make them play

The Scottish FA and the SPFL have done the absolute right thing in not postponing the tie against Hibernian but the Dutch FA should not have allowed PSV the privilege of a weekend off so early in the season.

Unless the pitch they were due to play on is a complete and utter mud bath – which seems unlikely – then there is no reason for a postponement other than the Eredivisie want their teams to be as rich as possible so they favour the bigger teams.

UEFA should not allow any governing body to make such decisions that clearly give an advantage to one team over the other without a good reason.

As a result, though, van Bronckhorst and his troops will have to pull yet another rabbit out of the hat on the European stage with the raucous Ibrox crowd fully behind them once again and the group stages are just 180 minutes away.

In other Rangers news, one of the goal-scorers from the St Johnstone win could have played for Celtic after a recommendation last year.