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Sunday, October 17, 2010
Maurice Edu helped Rangers maintain their 100% record in the Scottish Premier League with a resounding victory over Motherwell on Saturday at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.

Edu started at midfielder and went the first 87 minutes before yielding his spot to Kyle Hutton. The American also picked up a yellow card for what was deemed unsporting behavior by the referee.

While the final score might reflect a lopsided victory in favor of the Light Blues, it was actually Motherwell who came out and played a very disciplined first 45 minutes which was rewarded with a goal just minutes before the break.

Jamie Murphy worked past Stevie Whittaker down the left side and slung a cross over to Nick Blackman who had an easy header in for a goal at the back post.

Rangers boss Walter Smith must have uttered some colorful words in the locker room during halftime because the home team came out and thwarted the Steelmen defense in the second half.

Just two minutes into the second half, Rangers equalized when Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty played an excellent through ball into Steven Naismith who then poked the shot into goal.

With momentum now on their side, Edu and company pressed forward and saw their hard work pay off in the 62nd minute with Steven Davis scoring his first goal on the season on a hard charging run right at the Motherwell defense before unleashing a rocket that found the top right corner.

Following Davis' strike, the Light Blues were merciless and just two minutes later none other than SPL leading scorer Kenny Miller added the third.

Naismith was on the left side and waited for an unmarked Miller to arrive at the far post before sending over his cross. Miller then swooped in and pushed the header into net and all of the sudden Rangers had a two goal lead.

It was Miller's 11th goal of the season with only eight games played.

The rapid-fire succession of goals continued two minutes later and it was Edu who this time led the charge.

The Californian gathered in a ball and dodged a Motherwell midfielder before sending a ball up field that eventually arrived to Lafferty who played another fantastic pass into the area, this time to Vladimir Weiss.

Weiss curled around the goalkeeper and sent in a left-footed shot for his first goal in a Rangers uniform.

The victory helps keep Rangers on par with Old Firm rivals Celtic at the top of the SPL standings with 24 points.

Next up for Edu and Rangers is a midweek home date against Spanish club Valencia in the Champions League.

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