Thursday, September 9, 2010
A well rested Maurice Edu will hope to work his way back into the starting lineup for Rangers who pay a visit to New Douglas Park on Saturday to take on Hamilton.
After starting the first two matches of the season, Edu was a late substitute in the club's 2-1 win over St. Johnstone.
However with most of the Rangers squad out on international duty this past week, Edu will likely either start in Walter Smith's midfield or be the head coach's first option off the bench.
Also factoring into Smith's strategy for Saturday's lineup is Rangers' Champions League clash with English giants Manchester United that will occur in midweek.
With the United States national team not playing any matches during the international break, it would reason that Smith will be rely on Edu's fresh legs against the Accies and then several days later at Old Trafford.
Rangers still boast a perfect record thus far in the Scottish Premier League and will look to keep pace with crosstown rivals Celtic whom have also come out of the gates without a blemish.
Striker Kenny Miller continues to sizzle as his goal in Scotland's Euro 2012 qualifier helped lead a comeback against Liechenstein on Tuesday. Miller already has tallied five goals in SPL play.
Injuries to Kirk Broadfoot and Steven Whittaker will force Smith to reshuffle his back line that could signal the debut of new loanee Richard Foster.
A stumbling start to the 2010-2011 has not made life any easier for Hamilton head coach Billy Reid whose club have only garnered one win in their first three matches.
To boot, Saturday's hosts have only managed to score a single goal while allowing eight in on the season.
Reid will be missing the services of Alex Neil who is out with a hip injury, Mark McLaughlin due to an ankle injury and possibly David Elebert who is nursing a strained hamstring.
Dominic Cervi will hope to make the gameday roster for Celtic who welcome in Hearts.