PREVIEW: HIBERNIAN - RANGERS
EXTRA TIME
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The champagne is on ice for Maurice Edu, DaMarcus Beasley and the rest of the Rangers squad who can claim the Scottish Premier League title with a win on Sunday at Hibernian.

Edu sat out last weekend's win over Hearts as part of a preventative measure by head coach Walter Smith who rested the midfielder following a calf cramp he sustained during a April 14th scoreless draw at Dundee United.

Now fully healthy, Edu will likely return to the starting lineup or be one of Smith's first options off the bench.

Fellow American DaMarcus Beasley will also hope to see some time at Easter Road on Sunday. Beasley has been battling a nasty virus that has kept him out of action the last week.

While their focus is squarely on the match with Hibs, Rangers will be watching the Celtic - Dundee United contest that takes place just hours before kickoff in Edinburgh.

Should their Old Firm rivals draw with or lose to United, then Rangers will lay claim to back-to-back SPL titles and their 53rd league championship overall.

The Light Blues have been carried recently by striker Kenny Miller who notched his 20th goal of the season last week versus the Jambos.

Miller's exploits have come at the right time as SPL leading scorer and strike partner Kris Boyd has suffered a recent drop-off in his performance.

Smith recently admitted that he rushed Boyd back into the starting lineup following the striker's hernia operation, and that Boyd's lack of full health has been exposed on the field by opposing defenses.

There will be much at stake for the hosts who are clinging to fourth place in the league standings and hold a two point edge over Motherwell for the final Europa League berth.

Hibs will turn to Anthony Stokes and his 19 SPL goals to help spearhead the offense.

Rangers youngster Danny Wilson was injured in reserves match versus Celtic earlier this week and will not be available on Sunday while Hibernian will be without team captain Chris Hogg and Merouane Zemmama due to injuries.
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