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Monday 20 August 2018

Edu relishing packed fixture list for 'Gers

Maurice Edu has welcomed the prospect of an even more packed schedule after firing Rangers into the last 16 of the Europa League.

Edu's injury-time strike against Sporting Lisbon earned a 2-2 draw on the night -- 3-3 on aggregate -- with the Scottish champions progressing on away goals.

Walter Smith's men are also still involved in all three domestic competitions and have outstanding fixtures still to be played.

But, as far as Edu is concerned, the players are up for the challenge in the weeks ahead.

He said: "It's a problem that we welcome. We would rather have games and the opportunity to win things.



Important

"If you were to ask any footballer, they want to be involved in as many games as possible and be in the position to win games and have something to show for it at the end of the season.

"We would definitely have been disappointed to go out.

"A lot of people have been saying this competition isn't important to us because we want to focus on other games. But we definitely showed that it is important to us."

El-Hadji Diouf netted the opener -- his first goal for Rangers -- before goals from Pedro Mendes and Yannick Djalo looked set to seal the win for Sporting.

But it was Edu's goal that decided the tie in injury time.

Next is PSV Eindhoven and Edu added: "There are no easy games but we welcome the challenge."

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