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Former Liverpool defender Ki-Jana Hoever has been left out of PSV Eindhoven’s UEFA Champions League squad to face Rangers due to a lack of development since joining the club on loan this summer.

According to the Eindhovens Dagblad, the Dutch giants have not been pleased with how Hoever has performed since signing on loan for PSV from Wolves, with the defender’s development seemingly hitting a wall since leaving Liverpool in 2020 for the Premier League side in a deal that cost as much as a reported £14m.

New PSV manager Ruud van Nistelrooy has impressed since taking over the role this season, yet it appears that the Manchester United legend has not been impressed with Hoever as the Dutch youngster was benched for the Eredivisie side’s dramatic Champions League play-off win against AS Monaco.

And now, the defender will be missing completed when PSV face Rangers in the final qualifying round for the Champions League group stage, with the Scottish giants intent on returning to Europe’s biggest club competition for the first time in well over a decade.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is a Feyenoord legend and would love to get one over his Dutch rivals in PSV in the two-legged affair, and the omission of Hoever already from the squad could give Rangers a hand in returning to the Champions League proper alongside Scottish rivals Celtic.

Indeed, Hoever has not hit the heights many expected the fullback to hit when he quit Liverpool in 2020, and this latest update from PSV is the last thing Wolves supporters wanted to hear ahead of the club’s biggest games of the season against Rangers in the Champions League.

Rangers will be now feeling about beating PSV to Champions League spot

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Hoever’s poor start to the season has already seen the defender’s year take a turn for the worst, and the news of squad discontent could play into Rangers’ hands this week against PSV, with the Ibrox side no doubt as ready as they will ever be to make history and qualify for the Champions League.

It’s been a long wait for Rangers, and after the drama in their last round of European qualifying, the Glasgow giants will have the confidence to take the game to PSV and beat their Dutch rivals to one of the final Champions League spots in what could be a season to remember.

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