Friday, February 18, 2011
It is yet another edition of the storied Old Firm as Maurice Edu and Rangers head to Parkhead on Sunday to take on Celtic in Scottish Premier League action.
It will be interesting to see if Rangers head coach Walter Smith elects to start Edu in his midfield against the Hoops.
The California native went a full 90 on Thursday in their 1-1 Europa League draw with Sporting Lisbon so it might stand to reason that Smith opts for new arrival Kyle Bartley to start in place of Edu.
Whatever the case, the former Toronto FC man should expect to be part of Smith's 14 man rotation on Sunday.
The contest between the two crosstown rivals marks the fourth time they have faced each other this season.
Just two weeks ago the Glasgow clubs played to a thrilling 2-2 draw in their fifth round Scottish Cup match-up which will be replayed on March 2nd.
Rangers and Celtic will have faced each other seven times by the time the season finally concludes in May.
The draw two weeks ago at Ibrox was a testy affair with plenty of words exchanged between players. Most notable was Celtic's Scott Brown grandstanding gesture right in the face of Rangers' El Hadji Diouf after Brown struck for the second equalizer with a curling left-footed shot.
Diouf later sparked a war of words after the match claiming to the media that Brown was a ‘nobody.'
Verbal exchanges aside, the match is of paramount importance in the SPL title chase as Celtic currently sit five points ahead of the Light Blues, yet Smith's squad still have two games in hand.
Edu and company would like nothing better than to repeat their previous performance this season at Parkhead when they walked out with a 1-3 win.
Rangers will be missing Kirk Broadfoot and Lee McCulloch while Celtic are without Cha Du Ri, James Forrest and Glenn Loovens.