Roy Makaay urges Rangers to 'park any PSV thoughts' ahead of Hibs tester

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Roy Makaay
Roy Makaay

Roy Makaay has urged Rangers to ignore their looming Champions League decider on Wednesday and focus instead on the task at hand against Hibs.

With rivals Celtic playing on Sunday, the Easter Road clash is an opportunity for the Ibrox side to put some pressure on their bitter rivals ahead of a Sunday clash with Hearts.

And first-team coach Makaay is adamant his side must focus on one game at a time despite the Titanic nature of the clash in Holland which has at multi-millions at stake.

He told Rangers TV: "We have to face every challenge. That is why we must park any thoughts about the PSV game as to be champions, you have to win these difficult away games as well. We know Hibs away is not going to be an easy one, but we hope we can win it. This is why we cannot think about Wednesday right now, as, after Saturday, we have plenty of time to think about the Champions League game."

He added: "We know they have a good team. We had an intense game last year, which we won thanks to a penalty from Kemar just before the end. It is going to be an intense game on Saturday as well, so we know what to expect. We have had three days of preparation to watch Hibs rather than the usual two days, so the team will be well prepared."

PSV don't have a weekend game with the Dutch football authorities granting them additional time to prepare for the playoff round decider.

While Rangers do not, the tie being played on Wednesday rather than Tuesday does offer an extra day to train.

"It is always good to have that extra day," he admitted. "Obviously, the players are used to playing so many games, but it is good to have 24 hours of extra rest as you can pick up knocks in games and then you can have an extra day to recover from that."

Makaay has been at some huge clubs throughout his storied career, not least Bayern Munich, but the former striking sensation has been bowled over by the incredible passion he sees from Rangers fans.

"I don't mean it in the wrong way, but I am already used to how many fans are following the team now," he said. "There are supporters everywhere we go. Of course, it is nice to know you have the backing from your fans, especially in moments when it is tough, as the fans can help you through those moments. We have amazing fans."