Wednesday, February 2, 2011
A new-look Rangers takes the field on Wednesday against upstarts Hearts with Maurice Edu likely slotted to start in the Light Blues' midfield.
The contest at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow is a rematch of their January 22nd affair that saw Hearts grab a 1-0 win in Edinburgh.
That win for the Jambos signaled that this year's Scottish Premier League is in fact a three team race as opposed to just the regular big two of Rangers and Celtic.
Unlike last year at Ibrox , this year's transfer window was a frenzied one for the Light Blues who added three players to their squad while bidding adieu to James Beattie who departed for Blackpool.
Joining the Glasgow club are defender Kyle Bartley who comes in on-loan from Arsenal, striker Kevin Healy from Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers forward El Hadji Diouf.
Diouf is a name already familiar to Rangers supporters after he famously spat in the face of several Celtic supporters during a 2003 UEFA Cup match while with Liverpool.
As for Wednesday's tilt, Rangers once again need a win to keep pace with their Old Firm rivals who topped Aberdeen 0-3 on Tuesday.
Edu scored over the weekend in the League Cup win over Motherwell and continues to be an attacking option for head coach Walter Smith.
The Californian will look to continue his steady play spearheading the Rangers central midfield.
Nikica Jelavic, Kirk Broadfoot and Andrew Little are expected to miss for the hosts.