RECAP: RANGERS 1 - 0 ST. MIRREN
Maurice Edu and Rangers stamped their ticket to the Scottish Cup quarterfinals courtesy of a late Kris Boyd strike on Wednesday evening at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.
Edu started at midfielder for the hosts and went the full 90 minutes. It was just the second time this year that Edu has started and played the entire match.
Rangers head coach Walter Smith elected to give American DaMarcus Beasley the night off.
A sleepy first half saw very few chances produced by either team with most of the action taking place in the middle of the field.
Edu produced a workmanlike effort in the first 45 minutes helping clear any threat out of the Rangers defensive area.
However up front, the Light Blues were not having much success themselves as the Saints managed to keep Boyd and Spanish attacker Nacho Novo in check.
The second half saw Rangers slowly start to push forward in search of a goal. Edu even had a look at goal in the 47th minute but his shot from just outside the area was blocked.
The Californian was noticeably playing more forward along with the rest of his teammates and a clever move by the American drew a free kick in the 77th minute.
Just several minutes later Edu displayed some ace defending when he managed to strip a St. Mirren player of possession while on the ground deep in Rangers territory.
Outside of a turnover in the 83rd minute which led to a St. Mirren counterattack, Edu fulfilled his role well while anchoring the defensive midfield.
Rangers finally broke through in the 86th minute when a hopeful long ball into the area was headed on by Steven Naismith which then found Boyd who had positioned his body perfectly giving the star striker an open look at goal.
The leading scorer in the Scottish Premier League fired a rocket into the back of the net sending the Light Blues on to the cup quarterfinals where they will face Dundee United.
Edu and company return to SPL action on Saturday when they travel to St. Johnstone.