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Edu scores filling Ferguson’s boots
April 8, 2009, 10:02 PM
Filed under: Former TFC Players, Maurice Edu

Maurice Edu bolstered his case for filling the void left by deposed skipper Barry Ferguson by claiming his first goal for Rangers in a 2-1 win at St Mirren.

Kris Boyd set the ball rolling with the opener, before Edu opened his goalscoring account for the club just 24 hours after stating his intention to make the most of Ferguson’s absence.

The United States international has so far spent the majority of his debut season at Ibrox kicking his heels on the sidelines but did his chances no harm with what proved to be the decisive goal in this clash.

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Golden chance for Edu?
April 4, 2009, 9:46 AM
Filed under: Former TFC Players, Maurice Edu

Rangers have today confirmed that midfielder Barry Ferguson and goalkeeper Alan McGregor have been suspended for two weeks without pay, following their conduct on the bench at the Scotland-Iceland world cup qualifier at Hampden Park on Wednesday night.

Both players, dropped to the bench from the starting line-up after a allegedly lengthy drinking session at the team hotel following the Scots’ 3-0 defeat to Holland in Amsterdam. They were also reported to have made V-signs at the press, hiding them amongst other gestures in the manner so beloved of naughty schoolchildren, whilst watching the Iceland game from the dug-out.

This could give former Toronto FC midfielder, Maurice Edu, a golden opportunity to step in and win a starting role with the ‘Gers.

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Edu impresses against Hamilton
March 1, 2009, 9:38 AM
Filed under: Former TFC Players, Maurice Edu, Toronto FC

Walter Smith has backed Maurice Edu to be a major talent for Rangers after he impressed in a rare outing against Hamilton.

The United States international’s appearances have been limited in his first season at Ibrox after arriving from Major League Soccer with high expectations and a price tag of £2.7million.

But he was given his chance at New Douglas Park when Pedro Mendes was sidelined with a thigh strain picked up in training and Edu made the most of the opportunity by striking up an impressive midfield partnership with skipper Barry Ferguson.

Ferguson netted the only goal of the game to allow Rangers to move three points clear of Celtic in the SPL ahead of their game against St Mirren later in the day and Smith had nothing but praise for both players.

“Barry’s first goal of the season was a good one for us to get,” he said.

“Maurice Edu came in and I thought Barry and Maurice played extremely well in the midfield.

“Hamilton crowd that area of the field and make it difficult for teams in there but I thought both were excellent.”

Smiths says Edu has to be patient but assured him his time will come, adding: “I did say to him, as has happened with a number of the lads who come to play for the Old Firm, it takes a period of time to settle in.

“Him especially, because he was playing college football in America up until a year and a half ago and then one season in the MLS.

“He is still young in terms of his experience at professional level and it will take him a bit of time to come in. But I think he has the talent to be an exceptional midfield player.”

While Rangers headed into the clash top of the league on goal difference, Hamilton were the other form team in the SPL, with just one defeat in 2009.

Smith said: “It was always going to be a difficult challenge for us and I was delighted with the way the team went about the game.

“Hamilton have made it a very difficult place to come and get a result and that’s credit to them.

“I was a little disappointed that we weren’t tidier in our final pass, especially in the final half hour of the game where we might have given ourselves a level of comfort.

“We allowed chances to go past and it’s always a bit nervy towards the end of the game. But I thought we were excellent overall in terms of our defending.”

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Edu turned down loan move
February 22, 2009, 11:08 AM
Filed under: Former TFC Players, Maurice Edu, Toronto FC

Two appearances in half a season is enough to discourage any player looking to further his career both at the club and country levels. But not for Maurice Edu, who on Friday night revealed that he had turned down the idea of being loaned out from Rangers FC during the winter transfer window.

The former Toronto FC midfielder told the Daily Record that people within the Rangers organization had approached him about a possible solution to his lack of minutes; a loan move away from Ibrox Stadium.

Edu turned down that notion stating that he wants to earn his time on the field.

“A couple of people suggested me going on loan but I want to make my mark at Rangers,” said Edu.

“I’m just trying to make strides and hopefully my time will come.”

Edu’s positive outlook and his recovery from an ankle injury may just be what he needs in order to find playing time with Rangers. And playing time is what he needs not only to develop as a player but especially if he wants to compete for a spot on the U.S. national team.

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Edu safe at ibrox
January 4, 2009, 1:57 PM
Filed under: Former TFC Players, Maurice Edu

When Maurice Edu made a move from Toronto FC to Scottish powerhouse Glasgow Rangers in August of 2008, big expectations awaited him.

In his first handful of months with the Scottish Premier League giant, the former U.S. Olympic standout has only amassed 64 minutes in one lone appearance this season.

Yet despite his lack of playing time, manager Walter Smith has washed away any rumors linking the California native away from Ibrox Stadium.

“I felt we had to bring in a few younger players and it always takes a little bit of time for them to settle in,” said Smith to skysports.com.

With Rangers set to off-load a plethora of players this winter, fellow American and national teammate, DaMarcus Beasley appears to be one of the casualties while Edu seems to be in the coach’s plans for the long haul.

Smith added: “(Kyle) Lafferty and Edu will play a big part for Rangers in the coming years, I’ve no doubt about that.”

There’s no question that Edu has talent and that U.S. National Team head coach Bob Bradley rates him just as much as Smith does. But with the emergence of midfielders Sacha Kljestan and Jose Francisco Torres, the former Maryland Terrapin could find himself on the outside looking in during the Hexagonal unless he starts to find some minutes in Scotland.

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