Friday, February 11, 2011
Maurice Edu and Rangers resume play in the Scottish Premier League when they welcome in Motherwell to Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on Sunday afternoon.
Edu looks set to start in the Rangers midfield yet again as the Light Blues will attempt to eat up some ground on first place Celtic.
Currently five points back but with two games in hand, Rangers are entering a brutal stretch of the season that will see them play in four different competitions in the span of four weeks.
It begins with a contest against Motherwell who will be out to avenge their Scottish League Cup semifinal defeat to Edu and company.
In that game the US international gave Rangers an early 1-0 lead with a thundering shot from outside the area. Edu will be hoping for a similar performance on Sunday against the Steelmen.
The services of the American have become more important than ever to head coach Walter Smith as fellow midfielder Lee McCulloch looks as if he will miss the rest of the season. McCulloch injured his knee in a 1-0 victory over Hearts last month and is now expected to go under the knife to repair a cartilage problem.
This injury will also likely pave the way for additional playing time for youngster Jamie Ness who scored a wonder goal last weekend versus Celtic in their Scottish Cup fifth round clash. The 19 year old's strike was arguably the goal of the season thus far for the Light Blues who will meet their Old Firm rivals in a replay on March 2nd at Parkhead.
In addition to McColluch, Kirk Broadfoot is also out for Rangers while Motherwell will be missing Keith Lasley, Steve Saunders, Stevie Hammell and with Stephan Craigan listed as doubtful.