RECAP: RANGERS 3 - 1 ST. MIRREN
DaMarcus Beasley and Maurice Edu both saw significant minutes in Rangers' comeback victory over St. Mirren on Saturday afternoon at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.
Beasley got the starting nod from head man Walter Smith and went the first 64 minutes before yielding his spot to Nacho Novo.
That move was part of a double-switch that also saw Edu come into the match for midfielder Kevin Thomson.
Following last week's emotional victory over Celtic, Smith saw his squad start out the match flat and fairly listless. It finally took a goal by the Buddies' Graham Carey to wake up the home team.
Carey curled in a free kick from over 30 yards out at the half hour mark that put the visitors on the scoreboard first and gave credence that an upset might be in the making.
But the goal woke up the Light Blues and in particular Lee McCulloch who quickly answered two minutes later when he found the back of the net off a rebounded shot.
Coming out of the halftime break, Rangers carried the momentum they had established late in the first half and the man who was forced to leave last week's match with an injury that paved the way for Edu's heroics gave the hosts the lead shortly after the restart.
Forward Kenny Miller craftily layed a perfect ball to McCulloch who fired a shot into the back of the net less than a minute into the second half.
Beasley nearly added a third moments later but his header stung the post and deflected out. Shortly there after, Novo replaced the Indiana native and Edu replaced Thomson.
The entrance of the Spanish midfielder paid dividends in the 78th minute when the Galician was the fortunate recipient of a flub by St. Mirren defender Lee Mair who failed to clear Steven Davis' cross.
Novo easily poked the ball home from the three yards to seal the match for the league leaders.
Several minutes later, Edu nearly added his second goal in as many matches but his effort went astray.
The victory continues to keep Rangers clear of second place Celtic by double digits as the Light Blues now sport a 13 point cushion with Celtic set to take on Falkirk on Sunday afternoon.
Next up for the American duo is a midweek tussle at Kilmarnock on Tuesday.