- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 18, 2008
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- Glasgow Rangers, Maurice Edu, Summer Transfers
US midfielder Maurice Edu agreed to a five-year deal with Glasgow Rangers on Scotland’s Premier League. The transfer fee for Edu was right around the $5 million mark for MLS and Toronto FC.
Edu joins fellow US National team member DeMarcus Beasley on the Rangers roster. Edu must still secure a UK work permit, but if and when he does, he is expected to challenge for a starting role with Rangers immediately.
The 22-year old, was in Glascow to watch Rangers beat Hearts 2-0 on Saturday before returning to the States with Beasley ahead of Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier in Guatemala.
No word yet out of Toronto though. They’ve been very quiet on this deal from the start. Then again losing one of the faces of the club is tough to do. They should bounce back but how they replace Edu will be the biggest question on my mind. They haven’t looked good in his absence for the most part. His presence on the field allows the defense a bit of a break and he also helps contribute on the offensive side of the ball.
TFC does have some allocation now with this deal so they could still go after someone who is a free agent at this point. My feelings they will wait for the MLS SuperDraft, where they have plenty of picks to find a replacement.
Again, its tough to see another young star leave MLS but in all honesty Edu was one of those guys that could have probably gone right out of college to Europe had he wanted to.