Rangers’ hopes of another Champions League campaign were dashed by a 5-1 demolition of PSV Eindhoven.
Ismael Saibari headed PSV to put the lead on aggregate for the first time in the tie and added a second just after the break.
James Tavernier’s strike gave Rangers a brief lifeline, but Luuk de Jong nodded minutes later before Joey Veerman added another.
Connor Goldson’s own goal added to the misery of the Ibrox side as they failed to join Celtic in the group stage for another season and PSV returned to Europe’s elite competition for the first time in five years with a 7-3 aggregate victory.
Rangers advance to the group stage of the Europa League – a competition they reached the final of in 2022.
Rangers collapsed as PSV impressed
It was a dismal performance from Rangers who posed almost no threat until it was too late.
The home side quickly warmed to the task and De Jong headed a corner over the bar before Gers keeper Jack Butland fended off a drive from Veerman.
In the 19th minute, home side winger Johan Bakayoko fired a cross at the far post and De Jong headed in as PSV gradually increased the pressure.
Michael Beale made two changes from the first leg at Ibrox.
Midfielder John Lundstram and winger Rabbi Matondo started, with Abdallah Sima and Ryan Jack dropping out.
Only a fine reaction save from Butland denied Saibari from close range and there was a VAR check seconds later when Ibrahim Sangare fell in the box under a challenge from Borna Barisic.
Rangers survived, but only for a few moments, until Veerman got behind Tavernier and crossed the touchline for Saibari to pass Butland six yards out.
The goal appeared to drain Rangers’ confidence and they nearly unraveled again just before the break when Bakayoko’s angled shot escaped the far post.
The start of the second half was not more encouraging for the visitors.
Barisic was injured just after the break and was replaced by Dujon Sterling before Rangers fell further behind.
Jordan Teze’s cross to the back post eluded Tavernier and De Jong brushed the ball away for Saibari to slip into the net from close range.
Saibari went in search of his hat-trick and was denied by a Butland save.
Sam Lammers and Danilo replaced Cyriel Dessers and Nicolas Raskin and the gains were quick.
Lammers picked up a pass from Cantwell and hit it in front of goal for Tavernier to head in a few yards to give the visitors an unlikely lifeline, blown away less than two minutes later when De Jong headed in on a free kick from Veerman.
A drive from Bakayoko was fended off by Butland while at the other end Matondo hit the outside of the post with a drive.
In the 78th minute, Veerman fired a pass from Teze past Butland for number four before Goldson took a pass from his keeper and kicked the ball into his own net to end a miserable night for Govan’s side, who must regroup for Old Firm visit. of Celtic on Sunday.
Beale: The buck stops with me.
Rangers manager Michael Beale on TNT Sports:
“I am extremely disappointed with the result. On both legs, we struggled to manage Luuk de Jong and Ibrahim Sangare. The responsibility lies with me.
“We played against a great team tonight and I think that will show by the end of the season but that doesn’t hurt us any less.
“It’s early days for this team. PSV are a very good team but that doesn’t take away the disappointment. The difference between the two teams was definitely the quality.”
Beale was also asked if the result would alter his transfer plans, adding: “Either way, it was going to be a quiet end in terms of ins.”
Boyd: There can be no excuses
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Sky Sports’ Kris Boyd claims Rangers will need to recover quickly:
“You can make all the excuses you want, but Rangers went there last season and won and the budgets were exactly the same.
“People will say the Champions League is a cut above and we saw that last season when they were there, but that doesn’t mean Rangers can’t come in and compete at that level and then come down in Europa League. .
“They were totally destroyed in the Netherlands and it will be the Europa League.
“Without Jack Butland it could easily have been eight that night, he made two or three fantastic saves.
“Big games when you are at big clubs come quickly and there can be no hiding on Sunday against Celtic.
“Ibrox will be packed and they will demand a performance.
“Rangers will have to deal with the criticism that comes their way, but they will have to get back into training to be ready for Sunday.”
Sunday, September 3, 11 a.m.
Kick-off at 12:00 p.m.
Rangers’ next game in the Scottish Premiership is at home to Celtic on Sunday, live on Sky Sports. Kick off at 12 p.m.
They will participate in the draw for the group stages of the Europa League which begins on Friday at 12 p.m.