PREVIEW: ST. MIRREN - RANGERS
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Maurice Edu and Rangers will need to shake off the disappointment of their midweek Champions League loss when they visit St. Mirren on Sunday at St. Mirren Park in Paisley.
Provided the Californian does not have any new flare-ups in his calf, Edu stands to be a starter this weekend against the Saints.
Edu was in a race against time to make the starting 11 for Rangers' Tuesday contest to Valencia in the Champions League.
The American midfielder managed to recover from a calf injury in time for the match only to see he and his teammates fall flat against the two-time finalists in a 3-0 defeat.
Edu played the first 84 minutes before yielding his spot to striker Kyle Lafferty.
Tuesday's defeat was the first one for the Light Blues this season in all competitions. However the loss at Estadio Mestalla came on the heels of last week's 1-1 home draw to Inverness so now suddenly there are whispers in Scottish soccer corners that Rangers' lack of depth on the roster will be exposed on the field in the coming weeks.
Head coach Walter Smith's squad are just a single point ahead of Old Firm rivals Celtic and cannot afford a slip-up as the Scottish Premier League season edges past the quarter pole.
Sunday's foe presents an opportunity for the Rangers strikers to return to their goal-scoring ways. Kenny Miller will assuredly be licking his chops as he takes aim at the SPL's most porous defense.
Miller has 13 goals on the season and will certainly have plenty of opportunities to add to that total against the Saints who have given up 20 goals on the season.
St. Mirren currently bring up the rear in the SPL but are coming off their highlight of the season when a 92nd minute goal gave them three heartstopping points versus Aberdeen last weekend.
Vladimir Weiss is still nagged by a heel injury and may be out for the Glasgow club who will also be without Nikica Jelavic, James Beattie and Andy Webster.
St. Mirren have a fairly long injury list themselves with Paul Gallacher, David Barron and Craig Dargo questionable with knee injuries while Steven Thomson and Sean Lynch are also doubtful with a calf strain and a bone bruise respectively.