Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Maurice Edu and Rangers moved to first place in the Scottish Premier League for the time since Boxing Day after doing away with St. Johnstone on Tuesday night in Perth.

Edu was his usual reliable self going 90 minutes at midfielder in the victory.

A goal in each half did the job for the Light Blues who are now one point ahead of Old Firm rivals Celtic who play Wednesday.

Kyle Lafferty opened the scoring at McDiarmid Park in the 18th minute when he pounced on a poorly headed pass from St. Johnstone defender Danny Grainer that was intended for goalkeeper Peter Enckelman.

The Northern Ireland international swooped in, rounded the Saints' goalkeeper and slotted home to give the guests the lead.

It was a big goal for Lafferty who missed the previous match with a knee injury and it signals the start of his annual spring renaissance.

The lanky striker has a penchant for collecting most of his goals in April and May and Rangers boss Walter Smith hopes 2011 will be no different.

Edu and the Rangers defense were pressed some by the Saints' defense but held their ground in securing another shutout.

The match was put away in the 83rd minute when Steven Naismith scored on an 18 yard low driving bullet that beat Enckelman to his left.

Next up for Rangers is a Sunday encounter versus Hamilton at New Douglas Park.