Gers star says Muamba plight puts life and foot­ball into per­spec­tive

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS - By AN­GUS REID

RANGERS winger Sone Aluko ad­mits the plight of for­mer Birm­ing­ham team­mate Fabrice Muamba has put foot­ball into per­spec­tive for him.

Aluko was shocked to hear of Bolton mid­fielder Muamba’s (be­low) car­diac ar­rest and then the death of Jack Kelly, who col­lapsed with a sus­pected heart at­tack mo­ments af­ter son Liam had helped Kil­marnock win the Scot­tish League Cup.

Aluko and his teammates took pay cuts of up to 75 per cent ear­lier this month in or­der to pre­vent re­dun­dan­cies at Rangers – but the week­end’s events made him re­flect.

The 23-year-old said: “These mo­ments re­ally put the game, and life, in per­spec­tive.

“What we do is a bless­ing and you can’t for­get that it isn’t as bad as what could hap­pen.

“I was with Fabrice for a cou­ple of sea­sons at Birm­ing­ham and he’s a top boy. Ev­ery­one has a lot of time for him.

“I’m happy to hear that he’s talk­ing and start­ing to move, so hope­fully he re­cov­ers fully soon.

While the week­end events brought some per­spec­tive to Rangers’ re­cent prob­lems, they are still un­der pres­sure to im­prove af­ter suf­fer­ing a third de­feat in four games since go­ing into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Rangers face a Celtic side who could have the mo­ti­va­tion of clinch­ing the SPL ti­tle at Ibrox – if Mother­well fail to beat Kil­marnock on Satur­day.

Mid­fielder Mau­rice Edu knows Rangers must shrug off the con­cern over the club and their fu­tures. The Yank in­ter­na­tional said: “We’ve just got to keep go­ing, keep mo­ti­vated and keep find­ing ways to work hard for the team.

“What’s hap­pened off the park is be­hind us and all we can do now is stay pro­fes­sional, train and work hard.”

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