Thursday, September 16, 2010
Buoyed by their midweek performance in the Champions League versus Manchester United, Maurice Edu and Rangers return to their league campaign on Saturday when they take on Dundee United.
The Glasgow club traveled south this past Tuesday and emerged with a point against the English giants as part of a scoreless draw that saw Edu go the full 90.
The US international played arguably his best match of the season for head coach Walter Smith and could very well see another start this weekend at Ibrox Stadium.
However Edu also played the full 90 in last weekend's 1-2 win at Hamilton so it would not be all that surprising if Smith opted to give the Californian some rest and only bring him on as a substitute versus the Arabs.
Rangers have begun their Scottish Premier League season with four straight wins to keep pace with their long-time hated rivals Celtic who have also strung together four SPL victories to open the year.
With Nikica Jelavic cup-tied due to his European participation with Rapid Vienna, fans of the Light Blues can expect to see the Croatian playmaker play a major role in the team's attack on Saturday and all this fall.
SPL leading scorer Kenny Miller will also be out to continue his torrid start to the season that has seen the Scottish international score six goals already.
Saturday's visitors enter the match still feeling the sting of their Europa League qualifying round elimination at the hands of Greek club AEK last month.
They have been subpar this season on the domestic front but did finally shake off some rust last week in a convincing 3-1 win over Aberdeen.
Andy Webster and John Fleck are still saddled with hamstring injuries and unavailable for Rangers while the visitors will be without midfielder Danny Swanson.