Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Hibernian pulled off a stunning upset of Rangers on Wednesday evening that saw Maurice Edu stretchered off shortly before halftime.
Edu started in the Rangers midfield but only made it through the first 43 minutes before an injury forced him to leave the match.
It appeared as if the Californian twisted his knee on a play that left him hobbling and ultimately required a stretcher to be brought onto the field.
Edu was injured in the 2008-2009 finale at Dundee United when a tackle tore ligaments in his knee forcing him out of action for seven months.
Leading up to the injury, Edu and fellow central midfielder Lee McCulloch seemed to be in a funk and were having very little success in making a dent into the Hibs defense.
Rangers forward Kenny Miller may be getting all the headlines for his 14 Scottish Premier League goals but on Wednesday night it was Hibs' Liam Miller who starred at Ibrox Stadium.
It all started inauspiciously for the hosts in the seventh minute when the visiting Miller scored from 30 yards out on a shot that Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor should have saved.
Hibs continued dominating the match stringing together passes and laying pressure on the Rangers defense and broke through again in the 19th minute when Miller set up John Rankin who blasted a right-footed shot from the top right corner of the box.
Edu's injury paved the way for Vladimir Weiss to try to inject some life into the Glasgow club but Hibs' defense held firm throughout the second 45 minutes.
The Edinburgh club capped off their incredible evening with a third goal coming from Francis Dickoh who took Sol Bamba's header off a corner kick and hammered a volley in from six yards in the 76th.
The loss leaves Rangers on 31 points in the SPL standings but amazingly the Light Blues remain in first place after Hearts' 2-0 upset win over Celtic.
Rangers next host Aberdeen on Saturday with the availability of Edu very much in doubt.