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Edu ignores transfer speculation

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Maurice Edu insists he will ignore speculation over his future and continue to deliver the goods for Rangers.

The United States midfielder was the subject of a failed bid from French outfit Sochaux, who revealed he was high on their January wanted list.

But Rangers boss Ally McCoist last week claimed the offer was nowhere near the Scottish champions' valuation of the player, while reiterating his desire to keep Edu at Ibrox.

Speaking after Sunday's 4-0 William Hill Scottish Cup win at Arbroath, Edu said: "I am enjoying myself and I am enjoying winning and I am enjoying playing.

"Right now my focus is just on playing week in, week out and continuing to get wins for the club."

McCoist also revealed he wanted to see Edu commit himself to a new deal, rather than sanction his departure.

Edu added: "I'll just focus on playing and I will leave that up to my representatives. I'm just looking forward to the next game.

"It's always encouraging to hear that the staff are pleased with the way you have been playing and the things you have done for the club.

"It's encouraging and it makes you want to work that little bit harder and continue to keep progressing and add a little bit to the team."

Edu suffered a dip in form last season but feels he is back on top form this term.

He said: "I'm happy with the way things are going and hopefully I can chip in with a few goals in the coming weeks. I'm pretty pleased with the way things have been going."

He was also impressed with the efforts of fringe players, such as John Fleck and Salim Kerkar, during Sunday's cup win.

Kerkar netted his first competitive goal for Rangers to put the gloss on the win late on after goals from David Healy and Nikica Jelavic and an own-goal from Craig Wedderburn.

Edu said: "It's always difficult coming to places like this but I thought we imposed ourselves from the kick-off and we were able to reap the benefits of our hard work.

"It's a difficult thing to come in if you haven't been playing but I think the guys who have been called upon have done well.

"They have been eager and have showed that in training and when they got their chance they did themselves justice."

Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin said: "We were maybe a bit naive but we don't really defend great at the best of times so I thought we would try to have a go.

"They got two goals close together and it was an uphill battle after that."
 

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