BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, April 29, 2011
Maurice Edu and Rangers will have to win on the road against Motherwell if they are to have any hope of catch Celtic for the Scottish Premier League title.
Edu is once again likely to start for Rangers in his usual central midfield position.
Rangers are coming off a disappointing 0-0 home draw against bitter archrivals Celtic. With the draw, Rangers lost control of their destiny for their third straight title and must hope Celtic drop points in their remaining five games.
They are currently one point in the lead in the Scottish Premier League standings, but as Celtic do have a game in hand, they will need their rivals to uncharacteristically drop points against one of the also-rans of the division in the final weeks while likely winning out in their final four games.
Adding to the team's frustrations, UEFA announced on Thursday that the team was to receive a fine as well as a one-match ban on traveling fans in their next European game as a result of sectarian chants which occurred in their two games against Dutch team PSV Eindhoven in March.
With Scotland's lone Champions League spot looking likely to go to Celtic, this would likely apply to the third qualifying round of the Europa League taking place in late-July.
Motherwell enter into Saturday's game without a loss in their previous six games and 14 points during that stretch.
Rangers will be without Jamie Ness and Lee McCulloch because of injuries.
Motherwell are not reporting any injuries.