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Champions League football is the benchmark - Rangers' Edu

Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu believes that playing in the UEFA Champions League is the pinnacle of club football.

The USA international has tasted Europe's premier club competition with the Scottish giants who currently find themselves in administration and with an uncertain future.

Edu, who has revealed he could have departed Ibrox when the clubs poor financial situation was first reported, says he wanted to remain with 'Gers purely to stand by the club that showed so much faith in him and gave him his first foray into the Champions League.

"I think Champions League is very important," Edu said. "I feel fortunate that I was given the chance and the opportunity to play in Champions League.

"That was one of the draws of me going to Rangers was that I was allowed to get that opportunity. As a kid that's what you dream of.

"I've been able to play in Champions League now and once you get a taste of it you want to play in it more and more and more. Hopefully that's the case for [Rangers]. The way things are going right now it's uncertain and it's not looking too good."

He added: "Yeah, that was an option (leaving Rangers).

"But I thought that sticking by the club and staying there and playing out the season was the right thing to do. So that's the choice I made. It's hard to walk away from because you imagine what would have happened if we all just decided that we all just walk away.

"What happens to the club? What happens to the team? As a team, as a club we all tried to really stick together, support one another."

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Andrew Slevison
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