ALEX McLEISH branded Marvin Andrews 'a colossus' after the big defender grabbed a priceless late goal in Rangers' 2-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park this afternoon.
The giant Trinidadian rose superbly to head Fernando Ricksen's corner past Derek Soutar just nine minutes from time and the victory was secured moments later when Dutch ace Nando rifled home the second after good play from Dado Prso.
Sadly Marvin was taken off late in the game with a knee injury, following a clash with Steve Lovell, but the manager is optimistic the former Livi star will be fit for next Sunday's CIS Cup Final.
Alex told rangers.co.uk: "Marvin had to come off at the end with a knock and I don't want to make any rash statement at the moment but he was off the treatment table giving the boys his man of the match speech.
"I think it would take wild horses to drag him away from next weekend's CIS Cup Final.
"He did take a bad knock on the back of his left knee but we hope he will be ok because he has been colossal for us this season.
"We are looking forward to the game and it would be great to bring another piece of silverware back to Ibrox."
Today's match was not a classic but Alex knows winning is all that matters at the business end of the season.
He continued: "We have started games really well this season, gone a couple of goals up and won comfortably but they can't all pan out that way.
"Today's match was a tough one for us and Dado Prso and Nacho Novo didn't have much change out of the Dundee defenders.
"But we kept plugging away, put a lot of dangerous crosses into their box and big Marvin got on the end of Fernando Ricksen's great delivery to score a good goal.
"Fernando's corner deserved someone on the end of it. It was great to see the big fellow attacking it so well.
"Fernando wrapped up the points a few minutes later after good work from Dado and it came at the right time for us.
"We could have been a lot sharper today that is for sure but we have won and that is the main thing at this stage of the season."