Cyriel Dessers: It's All To Play For

CYRIEL DESSERS says it is all to play for in Eindhoven next week after Rangers played out a 2-2 draw with PSV in the UEFA Champions League play-off round first leg this evening.

The Light Blues took the lead on two occasions through two impressive finishes from Abdallah Sima and Rabbi Matondo but were pegged back by the Dutch side with nothing separating the teams heading into next week’s second leg.

Speaking to RangersTV after the game the striker believes there were positives to take on the night for the Gers and believes the tie is in the balance ahead of the return fixture.

He said: “We have to take the positives from the game, and I am sure we will. There is everything to play for next week, it is the same scenario as last year so let's hope we can have the same outcome.

“There was some mixed feelings, it wasn't an easy game for us, this is a good team. I think overall we played a decent match; we had our moments. When you score two at home against a good team you feel like you deserve more but that is football and there is everything to play for next week.”

The 28-year-old hailed the quality of strikes on the night from the hosts and believes both the team and pair can build on their showing in front of the Ibrox faithful.

He continued: “Of course it is a good feeling to score just before half-time, but we were not entirely satisfied with our performance at that time. We knew we had to change some tiny bits in our tactics and we did it well second half, we got a little bit more control at moments. If you can score in a counter-attack like this that is what we want to do, we want to break out, use the speed of Rabbi and Sima in the second half and I am glad it worked.

“I think for Abdallah and Rabbi these are really important goals which will get them started and they came at the right moments, so I am really happy for them as well. It is a good boost for the team and we are looking forward to next week.”

The Nigerian international hailed the Ibrox atmosphere on the night and hopes the team can bring more special evenings to the stadium by qualifying for the group stages in Eindhoven next week.

He added: “I have heard a lot about European nights at Ibrox before I came here, I had the game against Servette that was already really impressive but tonight was special. I was speaking with some of the guys from PSV, some ex-teammates and they said the same they said the atmosphere tonight was unbelievable.

“As a player when you feel this energy in the stadium then you can keep going so I hope we can give our fans more Champions League evenings like this.”

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