Rangers boss Michael Beale has called for improvement from his team despite their progress to the Champions League play-off round. The Gers defeated Servette 2-1 on aggregate to set up a meeting with PSV Eindhoven, but Beale was not happy with their performance in the first half of the second leg.
“We made a slow start,” said Beale. “We were sloppy in possession and gave the ball away too cheaply. We need to be better than that if we want to compete in the Champions League.”
Beale praised his players for their reaction after the break, but he believes they need to be more proactive and positive from the start of games.
“We need to be more aggressive and take the game to our opponents,” he said. “We can’t afford to sit back and invite pressure. We need to be the team that’s on the front foot.”
Rangers will face PSV Eindhoven in the first leg of their play-off tie at Ibrox on August 22. The second leg will be played in Eindhoven on August 26.
Beale is confident that his team can reach the Champions League group stage, but he knows that they will need to be at their best to overcome PSV.
“PSV are a good team,” he said. “They’re well-organised and they have some dangerous players. But we’re also a good team and we believe that we can beat them. We’ll be ready for them.”
The Champions League play-off round is the final hurdle for clubs to reach the group stage. The winners of each tie will join the 26 teams that have already qualified for the group stage.
Rangers are looking to reach the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2010-11. They will be hoping to overcome PSV and make their dream of playing in Europe’s premier club competition a reality.