Monday, April 18, 2011
Maurice Edu and Rangers eased one step closer to next week's dramatic showdown with rivals Celtic after taking down visiting St. Mirren on Saturday at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.

Edu started for the hosts and put in another full 90 for head coach Walter Smith.

After starting at right back in the club's 0-1 win over Aberdeen on Wednesday, Smith shifted Edu back to his regular midfielding position against the Buddies.

Should Rangers get through their midweek visit to Dundee United, it will set the stage for next weekend's seventh and final Old Firm match-up between the two bitter rivals in what will likely determine this year's winner of the Scottish Premier League.

Saturday's affair started positively for the hosts who went up a goal through Sasa Papac who scored off the rebound from Kyle Lafferty's blocked shot in the 33rd minute.

But just five minutes later Darren McGregor equalized for St. Mirren after he charged into the Rangers area and slotted home Aaron Mooy's cross.

The halftime break allowed Rangers to compose themselves and it showed in the early stages of the second half as they regained control of the match.

Six minutes into the half, Nikica Jelavic earned a penalty kick for the Light Blues when he drew a foul from St. Mirren's John Potter in the area giving Rangers a golden opportunity to take the lead.

Penalty kick duties went to Steven Whittacker who easily beat Buddies' goalkeeper Paul Gallacher for what turned out to be the winning score.

Sitting just two points behind Celtic in the SPL standings, Edu and company will next travel to Dundee United on Tuesday before their Old Firm encounter next weekend.

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