Sunday, April 25, 2010
The familiar sound of corks popping reverberated through the visiting team's dressing room at Easter Road on Sunday as Maurice Edu and Rangers downed Hibernian to claim the Scottish Premier League title.

Edu started at midfielder and went the full 90 minutes in the championship clinching victory.

It is also the second consecutive winner's medal that the US international will earn and the four trophy overall in Edu's two years with the club.

Fellow American DaMarcus Beasley did not make the game day roster and will hope to play in two of the final three league matches in order to meet the requisite ten league match appearances to qualify for a winner's medal.

Edu was active from the start helping generate chances for the Light Blues with his greatest contribution coming in the run-up to the game's only goal.

The Californian won a 50-50 header that landed at the feet of Steven Davis who quickly played it forward to striker Kenny Miller who then served in a looping long ball to Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty.

The lanky attacker gathered in the ball and sped past two Hibernian defenders before swinging a left-footed shot that struck the side netting just inside the right post.

Edu almost netted one of his own later in the first half but the headed pass by Dave Weir was deflected out by the Hibernian goalkeeper.

Rangers would batten down the hatches and ride a solid defensive effort to victory to secure the club's 53 Scottish league championship and the ninth title for head coach Walter Smith, an achievement all the more remarkable considering Smith has not been able to buy a player to come to Rangers since acquiring Edu back in August of 2008.

The Glasgow club will be awarded with the league trophy when they return home in two weeks to face Motherwell.

Until then, road dates are on the docket with matches at Dundee United and Old Firm rivals Celtic.

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