Rangers’ Champions League hopes are within the stability after PSV Eindhoven got here from behind twice to attract 2-2 in a pulsating play-off first-leg tie at Ibrox.
Gers attacker Abdallah Sima curled in a terrific opener simply earlier than the interval with the Dutch facet punished for sloppiness.
However, the guests levelled by means of spectacular midfielder Ibrahim Sangare simply after the hour mark.
Substitute Rabbi Matondo scored his first Light Blues purpose within the 76th minute earlier than PSV captain Luuk de Jong levelled with a header 4 minutes later, to repeat final yr’s rating on the identical stage of the competitors.
The two sides drew 2-2 at Ibrox earlier than Rangers scrambled a 1-0 win in Eindhoven and Michael Beale’s facet will likely be on the lookout for an identical consequence within the Netherlands subsequent Wednesday night time.
There was no shock that Beale made a number of adjustments from the 2-1 Viaplay Cup win over Morton on the weekend with captain James Tavernier, John Souttar, Borna Barisic, midfielders Ryan Jack, Nicolas Raskin and Todd Cantwell and Sima all returning.
Malik Tillman, on mortgage at PSV from Bayern Munich having spent final season with Rangers, was on the bench seeking to make his debut as De Jong led the road, supported by the skills corresponding to Joey Veerman, Johan Bakayoko, Noa Lang and Sangare.
The Govan floor reverberated with noise earlier than the sport and within the breathless opening minutes the decibels elevated when Cantwell nearly took benefit of some sloppy PSV defending earlier than the ball broke off Raskin and flew behind.
Moments later, Gers keeper Jack Butland made a save from a Lang drive because the slick-moving guests broke with tempo and function.
The residence facet had been doing a lot of the chasing however within the twenty second minute a slip by PSV defender Olivier Boscagli allowed Sima to latch on to a Cyriel Dessers header however a tame shot was simply gathered by keeper Walter Benitez.
PSV wideman Bakayoko had two efforts on purpose, driving straight at Butland then going shut with a curling drive later within the half.
However, simply earlier than the break the PSV defence once more obtained right into a tangle and when Dessers’ move landed at Sima on the fringe of the field, the on-loan Brighton participant curled the ball excessive previous Benitez to ship the house followers into raptures.
The second half started with Benitez blocking a close-range effort from Tavernier as Gers followers urged their group on however PSV regarded sprightly in their very own assaults.
In the 58th minute, after Cantwell was booked for a cynical foul on Ismael Saibari, Butland palmed away an honest 25-yard free-kick from Veerman and once more Rangers defended the nook.
But moments later, in one other PSV assault which pressured the Light Blues again into their very own field, Bakayoko laid the ball again, Saibari dummied it and Sangare hammered the ball into the online.
Matondo changed Sima with John Lundstram on for Jack earlier than Cantwell was maybe lucky to keep away from one other yellow following a hefty deal with on Sergino Dest.
Matondo’s tempo quickly prompted PSV issues and so did his ending.
A sweeping Rangers transfer noticed Cantwell break ahead and play vast to Dessers, whose sensible move took out the PSV defence with Matondo steering the ball previous Benitez.
An ecstatic Ibrox was quickly silenced as soon as extra when De Jong bulleted in a header from a Bakayoko nook.
In a frantic finale, Gers substitute Danilo noticed a goal-bound shot blocked for a nook and Matondo drove simply over however it ended all sq. and the 2 groups get to do it yet again subsequent week.