Published: 26/08/2014 11:29 - Updated: 26/08/2014 11:41

Elgin sign former Rangers star

THE signing of ex-Rangers footballer Marvin Andrews has brought joy to Elgin City’s growing ‘Marv’ fan club.

Former Rangers star Marvin Andrews in action for Elgin City during Saturday's 1-0 win over Clyde. Photo by Robert Crombie.
Former Rangers star Marvin Andrews in action for Elgin City during Saturday's 1-0 win over Clyde. Photo by Robert Crombie.

Andrews (38) penned a one-year deal with the Borough Briggs club on Monday following a successful three-game trial.

The player, capped 101 times by Trinidad and Tobago and a former favourite at Ibrox during his time with Rangers, is already a huge favourite with the City supporters.

Social media sites and message boards have been bombarded by messages of support for the signing from Elgin fans.

Elgin manager Barry Wilson brought his former Livingston team-mate in to bolster his defence, and believes Andrews’ vast experience will be an asset to the team.

"I think we saw it in the two games at Borough Briggs already what he can bring," Wilson said. "We know he’s not as quick as he was when he was 28 but his positional play and his strength and aerial domination more than makes up for that."

The City boss said Andrews had been impressed with the people and the set-up at the club, helping him make up his mind to sign a permanent deal.

A veteran of more than 400 senior club matches in the UK, mainly in Scotland, the Fife-based defender played in the red-hot atmosphere of Old Firm matches during his two-year Rangers career.

He also helped his country qualify for the 2006 World Cup during an international career spanning 13 years.

Andrews made his Elgin debut in a 1-0 win over East Fife, setting up the only goal and winning the man-of-the-match award.

He then scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 defeat at East Stirling, before another man-of-the-match performance helped City to beat his former Rangers team-mate Barry Ferguson’s Clyde team on Saturday.

After the Clyde win, Andrews said: "I’m so happy Barry has given me the opportunity to be here and to show what I’m still capable of at the age of 38.

"Thanks to the fans, and to Barry it’s an absolute pleasure for me to be playing here."

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