PREVIEW: RANGERS - HAMILTON
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Maurice Edu and Rangers resume Scottish Premier League action this weekend with a Saturday date at Ibrox Stadium versus Hamilton.

Edu came off the bench and played the final 24 minutes in Rangers' 3-0 Scottish Cup victory over Kilmarnock this past Monday.

It remains to be seen if head coach Walter Smith will slot the American midfielder back into his starting 11 or if Edu will once again be one of the first options off the bench.

Prior to his November 10th knee injury, Edu had started nearly every SPL match for the Light Blues.

The big news out of Glasgow this week was the pairing between Old Firm rivals Rangers and Celtic in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

The draw was held on Wednesday night and for the first time since 1964 the two Glasgow clubs will meet up in this stage of the competition which will resume on February 6th.

In addition to the cup announcement, talk continues to swirl around the immediate future of star striker Kenny Miller.

Rangers accepted a bid from Birmingham City for the SPL's leading scorer however Miller never came to terms with the English Premier League club.

Now talk has surfaced that Serie A club Fiorentina have expressed an interest in the services of Miller.

In an attempt to shove aside any distraction, Smith kept Miller off his roster in the win over Killie however the Light Blues' boss may be forced to include the 31 year old against Hamilton in order to help Rangers keep pace with Celtic in the SPL standings.

Currently Edu and company are five points behind the Parkhead club but have three games in hand as a number of Rangers matches have been postponed due to inclement weather.

As for Saturday's foe, the Accies sit in dead last in the SPL with just 12 points.

The club has just two wins on the year, the last coming back on October 30th when they upended Motherwell on the road.

Rangers will be without long-term injuree Nikica Jelavic while Hamilton will be missing Jim McAlister and Simon Mensing due to suspension while Mark McLaughlin, Dougie Imrie and Avril Downs are all injured.