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EUROPE: Maurice Edu return on hold -- for Celtic?

December, 27, 2010

Rangers FC finally got a game in, after four postponements because of horrid winter weather, but something was missing from the Scottish champions' 4-1 Boxing Day romp at Motherwell.

Maurice Edu.

The central midfielder from Fontana, out since sustaining a knee injury Nov. 10, had been pegged by manager Walter Smith to make his return in the traditional post-Christmas match. He wasn't deemed fit enough to make the bench.

Rangers assistant coach Ally McCoist, the former Blues striker, told The Herald Scotland that Edu ought to be ready for the Jan. 2 showdown with Old Firm rival Celtic.

Rangers (13-1-2), which leads Celtic (12-2-3) by two points atop the Scottish Premier League standings, first has a date Wednesday at St. Johnstone.

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