Much will hang on Feyenoord's ability to remain composed Thursday night in the cacophony of Ibrox. "PSV were swept aside a couple of seasons ago," Van Marwijk reminded the press and his players. "We just have to be ourselves and dare to battle and to play football. That's the only way. We know that Rangers have more quality but that doesn't always guarantee you a win. Luckily Pierre has a lot of experience of it, so he'll be able to prepare the others."
The big man does indeed know all about Glasgow. Van Hooijdonk wore the green and white of Glasgow Celtic for three seasons in the mid-90s, netting 44 goals in 68 appearances for the Buoys. He underscores his boss's comments. "If you haven't experienced it, you don't realise the effect the crowd can have on the games here. People always think that it'll sort itself out, but once they've been here they see that it's a little bit special."
The coach was tight lipped as usual about his starting eleven. The biggest question mark is who will play at the heart of defence alongside Patrick Paauwe. Assistant Holland coach Willem van Hanegem has suggested that Kees van Wonderen is the best man for the job, but Van Marwijk is known to dislike shuffling his pack and he also feels that Van Wonderen's influence in the middle of the park is vital. That leaves a choice between Chris Gyan and Glenn Loovens. The Ghanaian has played well in recent weeks, but picked up a knock in the Gelderdome Sunday. His lack of height is also an issue against lanky Norwegian goalgetter Tore Andre Flo. So it looks like Glenn Loovens will get the nod. "I've already shown I'm not afraid to rely on youngsters in this kind of situation," was all Van Marwijk would say.
Zoetebier; Emerton, Loovens (Gyan), Paauwe, Rzasa; Kalou, Bosvelt, Van
Wonderen, Ono; Tomasson, Van Hooijdonk