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RANGERS defender Marvin Andrews believes a belated title charge remains within his club's capabilities this season after their 1-0 victory at Fir Park.

Peter Lovenkrands grabbed the only goal of the game to secure all three points against Motherwell in a match which saw the home side denied by the woodwork and Rangers forced into some desperate defending.

Alex McLeish's side remain 17 points behind SPL leaders Celtic, but taking three points at Fir Park has allowed them to move to within a point of third-placed Hibs and Andrews believes the fightback has begun.

"We are not going to give up," he said. "We are not concerned by what is happening with Celtic and Hearts. We are just going to keep putting in the performances.

"It may look impossible with men to get back but I keep saying that, with God, it is still possible.

"It's not over until it's over and I will keep saying that because I know what my God can do, I know what he has done for me and I know what he can do again.

"I am not worried. We are just focusing on what's happening at Rangers and we are just going to take it week in and week out and try to put the points on the board."

Rangers endured the worst run of results in the club's history earlier in the season, almost costing manager Alex McLeish his job, but Andrews hopes they have come through the worst of it now.

He added: "That is football for you. When things are going against you, they really go against you. It's really good to see that's changing. We are working hard, we are fighting for each other and we are getting the breaks. We just have to wait and see."

Celtic ensured that Roy Keane's home debut would be better than his first game with a 4-2 win over Kilmarnock at Parkhead on Saturday, thereby ensuring they remain seven points ahead of Hearts at the top of the SPL.

The former Manchester United midfielder played alongside Stephen McManus in central defence after the humbling Tennent's Scottish Cup exit at Clyde last week.

Keane and his colleagues were made to work for the points by their Ayrshire opponents even though early goals from Shunsuke Nakamura and Shaun Maloney appeared to have given Celtic a comfortable cushion.

Kilmarnock hit back through a Steven Naismith penalty and a Danny Invincibile strike. However, McManus restored the lead for the home side in the 53rd minute before Maciej Zurawski grabbed the fourth in the 67th minute.

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan applied some humour to his assessment of the game, but his views on his defenders was no laughing matter. "We were good going forward but in defence we were like my art at school - we are going backward and not very good.

"We look like we need three goals to win a game of football. Some units of the defending were good but there were some individual errors and at the moment everything is getting punished.

"We were asked questions and people were looking to see if we could react to the Clyde result.

"We did but when it went back to 2-2 we not only had to react to the Clyde result, but the Kilmarnock result as well. So we answered two questions. The application and commitment has been fantastic but the concentration is not great at times."

Livingston were unable to capitalise on Dunfermline's home defeat at the weekend, the West Lothian club going down 3-0 at Inverness and staying a point adrift at the bottom of the SPL.

Two goals from Craig Dargo, one a penalty, and a strike by the on-loan Hearts striker Dennis Wyness saw Livingston comprehensively beaten on the back of their startling Tennent's Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Second Division Alloa last week.