Thursday, March 10, 2011

Scottish Football Tonight: Home and Away

Europa League: PSV Eindhoven v Rangers


A confident Rangers flew out to the Netherlands yesterday promising to attack, attack, attack against Eindhoven this evening.

No.

They didn't.

Stressing the size of the challenge, the injuries in the squad and even one or two off field concerns, Walter Smith emphasised Rangers' underdog status against the Dutch league leaders.

So we can expect the parking of Brian Souter's entire fleet as Rangers revert to the hardy old European model.

Or, as they're in the Benelux region, perhaps they'll just build a dike along the 18 yard line.

That would, at least, give Davie Weir something to lean on.

Weir has actually said he might not retire at the end of the season. If he is to stay at Ibrox then Rangers will be erecting their famous defensive wall about one yard from the goal line by this stage next year.

Look, we know what to expect from Rangers in this one.

PSV would appear to be a sterner challenge than Sporting were in the last round. But Rangers are adept at this kind of game. So it's up to the hosts to hurdle the tactical obstacles Walter Smith puts in their way.

PSV have been scoring a lot of goals recently so in all likelihood this is going to be another in Rangers' series of siege like European nights.

Funnily enough, PSV have never beaten a Scottish side in European competiton, losing to both Rangers and Dundee United.

But got to back PSV to win this one. But I'm not sure they'll kill off the tie tonight, leaving Rangers down but not out.

Dundee United v Hamilton


Buoyed by their recent run of form and confident in their goalscoring ability, Hamilton will be looking forward launching themselves at this game.

No.

They probably won't.

Billy Reid's men are winning some plaudits for their approach and their performances in a few recent games.

But they remain as blunt as an antique butter knife and combine their impotence with an unfortunate habit of conceding important goals.

It's a mix that explains their current plight. Bottom of the league and looking doomed.

These two drew the last time they met. But United started off their run of home games with a win against Aberdeen on Monday.

They should get another tonight. Home win.