PREVIEW: RANGERS - HIBERNIAN
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Americans DaMarcus Beasley and Maurice Edu are aiming to be back in the fold for Rangers on Sunday when they host Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.

Beasley has been bothered by a thigh strain that has persisted much longer than initially anticipated. The winger was shelved in late December after a torrid stretch that saw him score two goals and create numerous other scoring chances as Rangers ripped off 26 goals during a six game winning streak.

Head coach Walter Smith is hoping to have Beasley available to come off the bench for Sunday's clash while compatriot Maurice Edu will also likely start on the bench for the Light Blues.

Edu has been dealing with a nagging ankle injury that has kept him out of the Glasgow club's last six matches but is expected to be healthy against Hibs this weekend.

Rangers still own a commanding eight point lead in the Scottish Premier League standings even after drawing 1-1 against Motherwell in midweek action. Crosstown rivals Celtic were able to chip away two points in the table after downing Hearts.

Smith was bolstered by the return of star striker Kris Boyd who notched his 20th goal of the season with his late equalizer on Wednesday evening.

Hibernian are enjoying a solid season and sit in third place, just four points behind second place Celtic and are entertaining thoughts of earning a Champions League qualification berth.

The Rangers defense will have to contend with Anthony Stokes who is on a goal-scoring run of his own having tallied 14 so far this season.

Barring any last minute injuries, both coaches will have full squads available.