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MO EDU last night admitted he didn’t know whether to celebrate or commiserate after scoring for both sides in a Champions League roller-coaster clash at Ibrox.

On a dramatic night of mixed emotions against Valencia, the American went from hero to zero as Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw by the Spaniards.

Edu gave Walter Smith’s men a deserved 1-0 lead just before the interval only to cancel it out less than a minute after the restart by heading Tino Costa’s free-kick past Allan McGregor.

“I’ve never had a night like this before,” said Edu. “It was pretty eventful. I’m excited about my first Champions League goal but disappointed to have given one away at the other end.

“It was the first own goal of my career and couldn’t have come at a worse time.

“Overall in the game we created a lot of dangerous opportunities and didn’t give up many at the other end of the pitch. So to score an own goal was a real downer.

“I had a couple of guys in front of me when the ball came in and I thought one of them was going to win the header but they missed and it came straight at me.

“I had a bit of a late reaction and before I knew it the ball was in the net.”

Rangers were superb against quality opponents but Edu knows they could have done better.

Walter Smith’s men remain in second place in Group C halfway through the campaign but passed up three glorious chances to see off the Spaniards.

Twice in the first half Kenny Miller squandered gilt-edged chances to push the game beyond Valencia’s reach. The Scotland striker, on fire domestically this term, was denied by the legs of Cesar Sanchez when through on goal. Then he held his head in his hands after blasting wildly over the bar with an open goal at his mercy after an Edu shot had come back off the woodwork.

Rangers did well to regroup after Edu’s mistake but debutant Ricky Foster also missed an open goal eight minutes from time.

Edu said: “Coming into the game tonight most people would have been satisfied with a draw. We are pleased we matched a top side and put in a good performance but we are disappointed we didn’t get the win and the goal we gave up was a bit of a soft one.”

Rangers’ goal was the result of a well-worked training routine with Edu drifting in at the back post to head home a Vladimir Weiss corner. The midfielder said: “We talked about varying our runs at corners before the game. For the first few I went near post so I tried to wait for this one and pick my moment.

“It was a great ball whipped in. I just spun round at the back post and managed to pop it in.”

Unfortunately, Edu didn’t get much of a chance to savour his first European goal for Rangers after almost being knocked unconscious by Valencia keeper Cesar Sanchez. The 24-year-old needed several minutes of treatment from the physio.

He said: “The keeper came out to punch the ball but caught me on the head instead. It was all a bit blurry but I still knew I had scored.

“I thought I’d scored another a few moments later. I caught it pretty well but was unlucky to hit the post. I thought it was going in.”

Edu’s own goal could have destroyed his confidence but the encouragement he received from fans chanting his name helped him through.

He said: “At the time we were playing so well so to give up the goal was disappointing. But we had enough chances to bounce back and score a few more.

“I was aware of fans chanting my name and it definitely gave me a boost.

“They were amazing all night and a key factor for us. It was a low moment for me but the best fans in the world got me through."

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What i thought was great from us was the chorus of Edu chants after he made the mistake for the goal.

If you read my posts you will know i dont really rate the player but still you dont like to to see such bad luck happening to any Rangers player.

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He could score a hat trick of own goal and i would still worship him for his goal against the great unwashed from the east.

Has anyone noticed the amount of interceptions he makes during a match though?

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He could score a hat trick of own goal and i would still worship him for his goal against the great unwashed from the east.

Has anyone noticed the amount of interceptions he makes during a match though?

Yes (tu)

Edu was so unlucky with the OG but his goal for us was brave and his shot off the Valencia post was a stunning strike that deserved to finish up in the back of the net.

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Edu! Edu Edu, Edu! :praise:

He's an excellent threat at set pieces. Scored most of his Rangers' goals with his head I think?

2 with his head I think ( St Mirren and Valencia ) and 3 with his feet ( Hibs, Celtic and Hamilton ) that's off the top of my head so there may be more, perhaps should be more dangerous from set plays since he is a big powerful lad.

Love the best fans in the world comment :praise:

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