Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu has no complaints about playing through the summer in the CONCACAF Gold Cup after missing out on previous tournaments through injury.

Edu's United States team face Spain in a friendly on Saturday before their Gold Cup campaign begins with group matches against Canada, Panama and Guadeloupe.

The competition, which is being hosted by the US, finishes on June 25, after Rangers return for pre-season training.

But Edu hopes manager Ally McCoist will understand his ambitions to represent his country at every opportunity.

The 25-year told the Rangers website: "It's an important tournament and so far I haven't played in it so I'm looking forward to that.

"I missed the last couple through injury but if we win this one we qualify for the Confederations Cup, which is very important for us.

"It's a short time that I have had off before going back into match mode with my country. It doesn't give much chance for a break, but that's football nowadays.

"I'm sure the gaffer will be sympathetic about my situation when I'm done.

"I'm at a stage in my career where I want to play as many games as possible and I'm getting the chance to do that now so why would I complain?

"As a kid when I first got introduced to the game you dream big. You dream of playing in big games, in big stadiums and of playing for your country.

"Whenever I pull on my country's colours it's a great feeling and I take a great pride every time I get the chance to represent my country.''