Borna Barisic insists Rangers can still come out victorious despite the grueling task in Eindhoven next week after letting a small overall lead slip away at Ibrox in the final moments against PSV
- Rangers came down from a goal to lead 2-1 against PSV in Glasgow
- However, the Scottish team gave in late from a corner to let PSV equalize
- Borna Barisic said a draw was probably justified and it’s only before half time in the draw
Borna Barisic insists a display of Dutch bravery can still propel Rangers to the Champions League.
With PSV Eindhoven leading 2-1 with 12 minutes to play, the loss of a second goal from a corner gave the Ibrox team a tough task at the Phillips Stadium next week.
Croatian international Barisic insists the equalizer won’t come until halftime but believes Rangers have high hopes for repeating last season’s European exploits.
Borna Barisic insisted Rangers could go to PSV and win to qualify for the actual tournament
“In the end it was a draw, but I thought it was a good game,” said the left-back.
“Of course I’m a little disappointed that we drew in the end, but we played very good football – and PSV too. They are a good team.
“But we showed a lot of quality. And it’s only half the time in the draw. I’d say a draw was probably fair. But if you’re 2-1 up and lose the equalizer to a set piece, you’re obviously not happy.
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‘But we are positive. There are a lot of positives to take from the good football we played, things to take from there next week.”
The losers of the return leg secure the safety net of a place in the Europa League group stage, where Rangers excelled last season.
However, with a huge financial gap between the two competitions, Barisic says the Scottish Cup holders have their eye on the top prize after compatriot Antonio Colak took his scoring streak to four in four games when he canceled PSV’s first half within three minutes.
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“I think we showed determination and, yes, Antonio scored a great goal. He has started very well and is now showing that he is a quality striker with his fourth goal, I think. I’m really happy for him.
“Of course we go into the second game with a lot of confidence and a lot of positivity. I mean, PSV played very good football of course. But this is not a level where we could expect four or five zero. There’s no chance.
“This draw would always be very tight, it determines who goes into the Champions League. We knew that before we even started.’