Sunday, February 6, 2011
Maurice Edu will have to lock horns with Celtic again to settle their Scottish Cup fifth round tie after the two long-time rivals played to a draw on Sunday at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.

Edu started in the Rangers midfield and went the full 90 minutes for head coach Walter Smith whose squad will face a replay test on March 2nd at Parkhead.

The game was vibrant from the start as Jamie Ness put the hosts ahead in just the second minute of play.

A corner kick was deflected out of the area right to the 19 year old who sent a left-footed screamer into the top right corner of the goal.

Ness' goal was nearly blocked by Celtic's Kris Commons only to see the ball whistle through his legs but just 13 minutes later Commons had his revenge when he equalized for the Hoops.

Joe Ledley made a run down the left side and sent a cross to Commons who swept in the shot from close range.

Rangers were able to break the deadlock five minutes before halftime when Steven Whittaker converted a penalty kick after Steven Naismith had been brought down in the area by Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

The visiting netminder received a red card for the foul and suddenly, Rangers were in control up a man and a goal with 50 minutes left.

Ironically, playing a man down appeared to energize Celtic and they slowly worked their way through the Light Blues' area before ensuring a replay in the 64th minute courtesy of Scott Brown who curled in a superbly taken left-footed shot.

Naismith later received a second yellow card for diving as the match finished 10 versus 10, however a tiebreaking goal was not in the cards.

With the draw and replay, it is assured that the two Old Firm clubs will face each other a mind-numbing seven times this season, four times in SPL play, the League Cup final and the two Scottish Cup tilits.

Edu and company return to action on saturday when they host Motherwell.