RECAP: RANGERS 1 - 0 HAMILTON
Maurice Edu was the hero again for Rangers who returned to their winning ways with a shutout victory of Hamilton on Saturday afternoon at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.
Edu started and went the full 90 minutes in addition to scoring the game's only goal which arrived in just the 10th minute of action.
American DaMarcus Beasley was named to the gameday roster but did not see any playing time.
Head coach Walter Smith elected to start Edu in his midfield in place of Kevin Thomson and the Californian would make his boss look like genius just moments after the opening whistle.
Nine minutes in, the former Toronto FC man uncoiled a bullet from 30 yards out only to see the ball sting the right post and deflect out.
Undeterred, Edu was back in the thick of things less than a minute later and this time he would hit paydirt.
Kenny Miller swung a cross over to Edu in the area who then calmly and patiently stroked home a shot into the Accies' net from eight yards out.
It was Edu's second goal of the season as both strikes have come in the form of gamewinners.
Despite the goal from the US international, Hamilton showed composure of their own and had the bulk of the opportunities in both halves.
Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor was called into action several times to produce saves and did so much to relief of his teammates who still looked a bit out of sorts following Tuesday's shocking loss to St. Johnstone.
The visitors thought they had an equalizer in the waning moments when midfielder James McArthur received a pass behind the Rangers defense and used his thigh to poke the ball past McGregor.
But the linesman ruled otherwise and ruled McArthur offsides even though television replayed showed that the Accies man was indeed onsides at the time of the pass.
Controversy aside, the victory extends Rangers lead in the Scottish Premier league standings to 13 points over Celtic as the Light Blues now only require three wins in their final seven matches to claim this year's SPL title.
Another midweek tussle is next on the docket for Edu and Beasley as Rangers welcome in Aberdeen on Wednesday.