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Sunday, August 22, 2010
A sparkling second half by Maurice Edu and Rangers proved to be the difference as the Light Blues used a Kenny Miller hat trick to do away with Hibernian at Easter Road on Sunday.

Edu started at midfield and went the full 90 minutes yet again in the effort for head coach Walter Smith whose club has picked up right where they left off from last season with two straight wins to open the campaign.

There had been some question marks however about the quality of Rangers' opening win over Kilmarnock and the naysayers looked to be right in the first half of Sunday's match as the Glasgow club lacked a sharpness in its play.

The forgettable first half was punctuated by a dust-up between Rangers forward Kyle Lafferty and Hibs' Kevin McBride who both earned red cards for their actions.

Lafferty and Hibs' Liam Miller clashed on a challenge with the referee whistling a foul in favor of the visitors. McBride did not take kindly to the call and thumped the ball into the back of the Northern Irishman who then exchanged words with his adversary.

The scuffle lasted just an instant but it was enough for the referee to send Lafferty and McBride to the showers reducing both teams to ten men.

Undoubtedly Smith must have had some choice words for his squad at halftime because the second 45 minutes saw a completely different Rangers team on the field.

In the 63rd minute, new arrival James Beattie played in a ball to Miller who stroked it home to give Rangers a lead they would never relinquish.

Shortly thereafter Beattie gave way to Vladimir Weiss, the former Manchester City man who joined the club on Friday.

Six minutes after Miller's first strike, Weiss played a nifty give and go with Steven Davis before settling a ball for Miller who blasted home for his second of the match.

Edu nearly tallied his first of the season when the Slovakian Weiss played a perfect ball off a free kick to the Californian.

The US international's header was on target but at the last second was tipped over the crossbar by Hibs goalkeeper Mark Brown.

Despite the near miss, Edu and the rest of the Rangers defense provided another workmanlike effort in keeping Hibs star striker Anthony Stokes in check the entire match.

Miller added his third in second half stoppage time when he fired home after collecting a pass from Davis in the area. The veteran striker now has four goals on the young campaign.

Next up for Edu and Rangers is a return to Ibrox Stadium on Saturday to face St. Johnstone.

Notes

Domonic Cervi watched from the bench as the backup goalkeeper as hosts Celtic hammered St. Mirren 4-0.
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