Thursday, September 23, 2010
Maurice Edu and Rangers will be out to continue their perfect league start when they clash with Aberdeen on Sunday at Pittodrie Stadium.
Edu was rested during Rangers' midweek League Cup 7-2 win over Dunfermline but should return to the starting lineup this weekend.
The American midfielder has played a major role in Rangers' five straight wins to begin the Scottish Premier League season including a 70 minute effort in last week's 4-0 drubbing of Dundee United.
As so often happens in Scotland, Rangers find themselves neck and neck with their crosstown rivals Celtic at the top of the SPL standings.
Both clubs have raced out in front of the rest of the league and are forecasted to only pad that difference in the coming months.
The short term question is which team will be the one to drop points first.
While Celtic host Hibernian, the Light Blues will be greatly tested on Sunday against a motivated Aberdeen squad, one of the few teams who actually beat the two time league champions last season.
Rangers head man Walter Smith revealed earlier this week that a bid from English Premier League club Blackpool for Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty was rejected so the legendary coach will continue to have his arsenal of strikers in full force which also includes Kenny Miller and his eight goals.
As for the hosts, Aberdeen sit in fourth place in the SPL with seven points.
The Dons strung together wins in their first two matches which drew their fans into thinking that the SPL might become a three horse race this season, only to fall off in their next three in which the club has only earned a single point.
John Fleck and Andy Webster are still sidelined for Rangers while Aberdeen will be missing Peter Pawlett, Fraser Fyvie and Sone Aluko due to injuries and striker Andrius Velicka who is on-loan from the Glasgow club.