Van Marwijk says that he is happy to use similar tactics to the ones that worked so well at Ibrox. ‘We have to marshal our defence at the back, but we also have to play for goals. I saw us play a very good game in Glasgow so I know we can do it.”
Feyenoord do have personnel problems going into the game however. Jon Dahl Tomasson is suspended and misses the game. At the same time, his natural replacement Shini Ono is carrying a knock from last week’s game, which kept him out of action at the weekend, and although he is likely to start, Van Marwijk will delay any decision until nearer kick-off.
The coach expects to see a whole other Rangers in the second leg. “They will attack more. I expect Ronald de Boer to play. He adds quality to Rangers and he can decide a game with a single piece of skill.”
But while De Boer is available, two other Dutchmen are doubtful. Fernando Ricksen definitely misses the game, and there’s a big question mark hanging over Bert Konterman. The ex-Feyenoorder, has a toe problem. Konterman himself is optimistic about his chances of playing, and about the chances of Rangers winning. Only time will tell.
Rangers manager Alex McLeish feels his side reserved their worst performance of the season for last week’s first leg and expects great improvement in the return. The Scot warned his players to keep their heads in what he expects to be an intimidating atmosphere. “Feyenoord has very fanatical supporters.”
Zoetebier; Rzasa, Paauwe, Loovens, Emerton; Kalou, Bosvelt, Van Wonderen,
Van Persie; Ono, Van Hooijdonk.
Klos; Numan, Vidmar, Amoruso, Ross; Ferguson, De Boer (Hughes), Konterman;
Lovenkrands, Flo, Caniggia.