Rangers will have history on their side when they travel to Eindhoven for Wednesday’s Champions League play-off against PSV.
The last time these two sides met in Europe, in October 1999, Lorenzo Amoruso, Neil McCann and Michael Mols all found their way to the net as Rangers claimed a landslide victory in the group stage at an Ibrox Rocking.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst got the better of Ruud van Nistelrooy on the pitch that night. Will he be able to repeat the trick, although from his surveillance term in the dugout, 23 years later?
Who played for Rangers in that 4-1 thrashing at PSV Eindhoven?
A veteran of over 200 games and almost a decade at Ibrox, long-time shot-stopper Klos won no less than 15 trophies during spells with Rangers and Borussia Dortmund. Few gamers can legitimately claim to be a legend at of them of Europe’s most historic footballing institutions. But Klos is definitely part of this elite club.
Beaten by a Ruud van Nistelrooy penalty that night at Ibrox.
It’s a testament to the pulling power Rangers enjoyed in the 1990s that they could lure a twice Italy international away from Juventus and blue side Glasgow. Porrini is currently assistant coach of the Albanian national team.
It was his ball header that put Rangers on their way in 1999; The goal of a captain if there is one. Amoruso had a brief scouting stint at Fiorentina after hanging up his boots.
The Australian will have breathed an almighty sigh of relief after Mols scored his second of the night almost a quarter of a century ago; the penalty he gave away with a reckless lunge inside the box ultimately counted for nothing.
Moore had two spells at Ibrox, either side of a stint with Crystal Palace, winning five Premiership titles.
One of two Australians in Dick Advocaat’s XI, Vidmar is the coach of the Socceroos U23 side these days. A true example on and off the pitch, he is probably best remembered for a crucial penalty that won Australia a place at the 2006 World Cup.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst
It was Van Bronckhorst who led Rangers to victory over 20 years ago. GvB set up Amorosu’s opener with a nasty corner kick, and it was his hard-hitting long-range strike that led to McCann’s tap-in in the second half.
Now his influence is limited to the touchline. Luckily, he has proven at Ibrox that he is capable of outmaneuvering even some of Europe’s top managers on the big stage.
If things had worked out differently, McInnes would have potentially returned to Ibrox as head coach around five years ago; such was his position in the Scottish game at the time.
However, his reputation suffered after Aberdeen and McInnes now finds himself bottom of the Premeirship table with Kilmarnock.
The driving force behind this Rangers midfielder, academy graduate Ferguson, lived his dream in that iconic blue shirt. Still a fervent Gers supporter 23 years later.
Ferguson was last seen in the Alloa Athletic dugout before leaving in February.
Scorer of Rangers’ third goal against PSV, McCann joined the club from Hearts for just under £2m in 1999. The former Scotland international’s most iconic moment undoubtedly came in a 3-0 wipeout against Celtic at the end of that season. He scored twice, thus securing the Premiership title.
As the early seasons went, there weren’t many who could match Wallace at Rangers in 1998/99. 27 goals, a domestic hat-trick and the winner against Celtic in the Scottish League Cup final. The stuff of dreams.
The Dutchman with six selections had never scored a European goal in the colors of Rangers before the arrival of PSV. He soon put that right; two goals in the evening for the former Ajax youngster.
Mols remains a popular figure at Ibrox, despite an injury in Scotland. He is currently the youth coach of FC Utrecht.
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