Maurice Edu relishing filling Barry Ferguson’s boots

Maurice Edu says he will have no problem stepping into deposed Rangers captain Barry Ferguson boots when he finally gets the opportunity to prove his potential against St Mirren this week.

The young American has found opportunities in the Ibrox midfield hard to come by with players like Ferguson, Pedro Mendes and Kevin Thomson ahead of him in the pecking order.

But with Ferguson banned following his international duty escapades and Thomson out for the season, the 22-year-old now has a chance to stake a claim for a regular berth at St Mirren Park on Wednesday night.

He said: “Hopefully I can come in and do the job. I feel confident in myself and feel confident my team-mates will help me along the way. But I don’t think it’s a matter of me really replacing him, I think it’s a matter of me coming in and doing my part and being the player I want to be.”

Edu also took the opportunity to pay tribute to the player he will replace against the Saints.

He added: “Barry’s a great player. I think he brings a lot to the team and he’s proven over the time he’s been here that he’s a great player. I’m still early in my career. I think its been good that I’ve been able to train with him (Ferguson) and Pedro (Mendes) and other guys like that and learn a lot from them.”

Rangers crisis opportunity for Edu to shine