PREVIEW: RANGERS - MOTHERWELL
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Thursday, May 6, 2010
Maurice Edu, DaMarcus Beasley and Rangers wrap up their championship-winning season with a trophy presentation on Sunday when they welcome in Motherwell to Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.

Edu looks certain to start in head coach Walter Smith's midfield while Beasley may be an option coming off the bench as a second half substitute.

Beasley played over 60 minutes in last weekend's victory at Dundee United but was left off the gameday roster for Tuesday's Old Firm match versus Celtic.

The winger requires one more appearance to earn a winner's medal and hope to see action against the Steelmen.

Rangers suffered just their third loss of the season when they fell at Celtic Park 2-1, but the Scottish Premier League winners can take plenty of solace in the fact that they will for sure be competing in the group stage of next year's Champions League.

The loss of Olympique Lyon to Bayern Munich in last week's semifinal ensured that Lyon would not bump Rangers from the group stage pool, a welcomed piece of news for the debt-riddled club who will benefit from the money earned by a Champions League group stage position.

Smith and company will also enjoy the formal presentation of the SPL trophy in front of the Ibrox faithful before the opening whistle.

On the other side of the ball, Motherwell have plenty to play for on Sunday as the visitors occupy the final Europa League spot separated by just a point over Hibernian.

Motherwell are also coming off a midweek match versus Hibs that will go down as one of the best in Europe this season.

The Steelmen fought back from a four goal second half deficit to claim a point in a stunning 6-6 draw with their fellow Europa League contenders.

The Light Blues will be without starting goalkeeper Allan McGregor who injured his knee on Tuesday versus Celtic, plus defender Madjid Bougherra and young pup Danny Wilson. Lee McCulloch is also unavailable due to suspension.

Motherwell will be without the services of midfielder Keith Lasley who is out with a leg injury.
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