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MARVIN ANDREWS has a lot to thank Livingston for - but tomorrow putting the Lions to the sword is the only thing that will occupy the big defender's mind.

Andrews was in at the very beginning as the West Lothian club rose from the ashes that were Meadowbank Thistle to Uefa Cup football and CIS Cup glory.

Now, however, after a period of financial instability, Livi are fighting for their very SPL lives under the leadership of fledgling boss Richard Gough.

The Rangers nine-in-a-row skipper will show no sentiment for 90 minutes at Ibrox against his old club - and neither will Andrews.

The big Caribbean stopper said: "I feel really sorry at what's gone on at Livingston recently.

"I was part of the squad and the team that helped build that club up from more or less the start.

"Everything went so well. All the talk was about Livingston becoming the next team to contest the power of the Old Firm.

"We got into Europe, won the CIS Cup, as well, so it was great times for me there and my performances at Livingston gave me the opportunity to get the move to Rangers.

"Now, all of a sudden, it's gone flat and they are really struggling.

"I feel sad for the players there that I know, and for everyone associated with the club, really.

"Football can be a tough business sometimes and they are feeling it.

"But my train of thought tomorrow is only about Glasgow Rangers and getting another three points.

Andrews continued: "When I am on that pitch, it has to be that way; I have to play for my team and afterwards I can have a talk with all the Livi boys."

Rangers want to apply as much pressure as possible on Celtic by beating Gough's charges and going back to the top of the table on goal difference, ahead of the Hoops' trip to Kilmarnock on Sunday.

A hard-fought 2-1 win at Pittodrie last weekend has filled the squad with confidence as many saw the Granite City trip as a potential banana skin.

Andrews, who was a rock at the back against the Dons, knows that the character displayed up in the north east, must be continue between now and the end of the season if Rangers want to keep the title alive.

"Going up to Aberdeen is never easy; it never has been for any Rangers team," he went on. "So we were just delighted to get another three points on the board to keep the pressure on Celtic.

"We drew at Pittodrie on the first day of the season and we were determined not to give away more points up there.

"There is always a lot of hype around the fixture at Aberdeen.

"Things have happened in the past and you can see with the way the tackles were flying in how much both teams wanted to win.

"We started well and then got the points. It could have been more comfortable as we had chances, and Nacho Novo was unlucky in hitting the post.

"The second half was a battle, but we stood firm for each other. It was great to see that and we need to carry that attitude into tomorrow's match."

While the talk this week has centred on the Barry Ferguson transfer saga, Andrews is quick to heap praise on two players currently stoking the fires in the midfield area.

He said: "You see the effort from guys like Fernando Ricksen and Alex Rae in the engine room. They were tremendous at Aberdeen and really battled hard for the Rangers jersey.

"That type of character is so important as it inspires the whole team to keep going for each other. Players like those guys are so crucial if you want to win the league.

"You need to fight and emerge from venues like Pittodrie on track, and in guys like Fernando and Alex we have real battlers for the cause."