Maurice Edu was a 90 minute man as Rangers opened their 2010-2011 Scottish Premier League campaign with a victory over visiting Kilmarnock.
Rangers 2 - 1 Kilmarnock
Edu started and went the distance for Rangers who topped off the unfurling of their 2009-2010 championship flag with a win at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on Saturday.
Paired along side Steven Naismith in Walter Smith's midfield, Edu worked another solid match and watched on as Kenny Miller returned to his goal scoring ways.
With last year's leading scorer in Kris Boyd having departed for English Championship club Middleborough, the pressure has been placed on Miller this year to supply more goals and the veteran striker did just that 16 minutes into the match.
Steven Naismith played in a corner that Kirk Broadfoot struck towards the Killie goal. The shot was blocked but still had enough pace to look as if it would cross the line however Miller swooped in just to make sure and slammed home the game's first goal.
The two-time defending SPL champions doubled the margin in the 57th minute courtesy of Naismith when it was Miller who played the role of provider and served up a cross for Naismith who shot into the bottom corner of the net.
The celebration would not last long as the visitors struck back to halve the lead just three minutes later.
Defender Sasa Papac clumsily brought down Kilmarnock's James Dayton in the penalty area and Jamie Hamill cooly converted the penalty kick beating goalkeeper Allen McGregor.
However that would be all the offense Killie could muster on the afternoon as Edu and company rode away with the three points.
Next up for Rangers is a visit to Easter Road to play Hibernian on Sunday.
Domonic Cervi sat on the bench as the backup goalkeeper as Celtic won 0-1 at Inverness.