Friday, April 2, 2010
Maurice Edu and Rangers return to the firendly confines of Ibrox Stadium on Saturday hoping to shake off the ill effects of Tuesday's loss to St. Johnstone with an encounter versus Hamilton.

Edu was a halftime substitute during the midweek defeat which was the club's second loss in three matches. Head man Walter Smith will likely feature Edu as one of his first options off the bench versus the Accies.

Compatriot DaMarcus Beasley was excluded from Tuesday's gameday roster but may be part of Smith's 18 man rotation on Saturday as part of an effort to shake things up for the Glasgow club.

For the first time all season, the Light Blues find themselves in a bit of a rut having suffered two defeats in the span of a week.

But they still remain at the top of the Scottish Premier League standings with a comfortable ten point lead over second place Celtic, plus a game in hand over their Old Firm rivals.

A bright spot has been the consistent play of Edu who has become Smith's first choice substitute in the last several weeks of play.

However, lack of playing time for Beasley has arisen as a concern for US national team fans who would like to see the Indiana native firing on all cylinders heading into this summer's World Cup.

Beasley has not featured in the last two matches and recent reports in the Scottish media suggest that the winger may oursue other playing options in the wake of the February incident which saw his car fire-bombed by thugs.

Meanwhile Saturday's visitors arrive into Ibrox with no serious relegation fears as they sit in ninth place with 33 points, but are boasting a six match unbeaten streak consisting of three wins and three draws.

James Gibson and Derek Lyle remain on the sidelines for the Accies while Rangers are still without defenders Madjid Bougherra and Kirk Broadfoot.

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