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Marvin Andrews at Rangers.MARVIN ANDREWS is convinced divine intervention helped Rangers clinch the 2005 title on a thrilling final day.
A helping hand from up above. The workings of a superior power.

Andrews was certainly worshipped by the fans after Alex McLeish's men lifted the trophy at Easter Road.

The punters had just experienced a miracle as Scott McDonald's two goals for Motherwell killed off Martin O'Neill's Celtic and prompted the SPL helicopter to change direction.

The more optimistic of them had held on to Andrews' rallying cry of "Keep Believing" and it paid off big style.

Big Marv became a cult hero and fans continue to laud him for his part in that incredible last-gasp title victory.

Now at Raith Rovers, the 33-year-old defender is detached from today's thrilling title shoot-out.

Gers head to Tannadice needing a win to clinch the league crown but Andrews insists NOTHING can compare to the sheer excitement and emotion of 2005.

Despite suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury he defied medics by refusing to have surgery and helped Gers over the finishing line.

Some argue that decision cost him his Ibrox future but Marv said: "If I didn't pick up that injury Rangers probably wouldn't have won the title.

"Through that injury and my desire to play on we started to believe we could catch Celtic and win the title.

"That's how the 'Keep Believing' slogan started and they still use it.

"We were dead and buried after losing to Celtic with a few games to go.

"They were five points ahead and there was no way we could come back.

"But that year showed that when you trust in God he can create hope out of nothing. People still can't believe we won the league and I get goosebumps when I think about that day at Easter Road.

"I remember standing out of a car sun-roof after the game with all the supporters around me.

"Celtic had a great team that year and maybe deserved to win the league.

"But my trust in God influenced my team-mates and filtered through to the fans who started to believe.

"Everywhere I go I meet Rangers supporters - and all they want to talk about is that day. The club have won 51 league titles but those fans will never see anything like that in their lifetime.

"It's really tight again this year and we're in for an exciting last day.

"Rangers need the same kind of belief we had in 2005 if they are going to get a dramatic win at Tannadice.

"They put themselves in the driving seat by beating Celtic at Ibrox then both clubs slipped up at Hibs. But the pressure is all on Rangers because they're trying to get the title back."

Andrews did eventually get knee surgery but it cost him 11 months out of the game.

Now he's back, looking fit and lean, and has just helped Raith win the Second Division. Gaffer John McGlynn fears losing his inspirational star to SPL vultures but Andrews hasn't ruled out staying in Kirkcaldy.

The stopper said: "I feel like I'm getting back to the player I was before I picked up the injury.

"I'm working hard to reach my peak and have the desire to get there.

"I have the confidence back when I'm going in to tackles and I'm going up to win every header.

"Hopefully, I'm getting back to the guy people saw playing well in the SPL.

"Winning the title with Rovers was a dream come true. When I first came here after leaving Rangers that was my ultimate goal.

"It has taken three years but it's now a reality. And it was a fantastic feeling to win silverware with this club.

"To win the Second Division and help us get promoted - no-one can take that away from me.

"This means just as much as winning the SPL and CIS Cup with Rangers.

"I want to play at the top level and John wants to be there with Raith. My desire is to play in the SPL but I don't know where God will lead me.

"I'm praying at the moment to see where he wants me to go.

"If God doesn't will me to be somewhere I won't go. It wouldn't feel right and ultimately I know I would be unsuccessful there.

"I would be more than happy to stay at Raith and try to help them get in to the SPL - we might only be one season away from that."

Andrews will mark his incredible comeback from injury by winning his 100th cap for Trinidad & Tobago next month.

Former Falkirk star Russell Latapy is now in charge of the national side and wants the stopper in his side for the World Cup double-header with Costa Rica and Mexico.

Marv said: "It will be a great honour to get 100 caps. People in Trinidad will be delighted because they know everything I've been through.

"When I was 16, I watched Russell and Dwight Yorke in the 1989 team who just missed out on the World Cup.

"From that moment I wanted to play for Trinidad and help them get there."