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What the hell's going on? :googly:

I just saw this on the Official Site (don't know how long it's been up):

Rangers have released the following statement on Marvin Andrews' knee injury.

"Marvin Andrews sustained cruciate ligament damage to his left knee in the game against Dundee on Sunday, 13 March. It is the medical opinion that he requires an operation. Marvin fully understands the advice he has received, however, has declared himself fit and wishes to continue training and playing."

Guess the big man believes his faith will see him through or something. Or maybe he knows the past record of our medical team. Very strange anyway.
 

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I think the big main is relying more on faith than sense. He obviously wants to play every game but going against medical advice could put him out the team long term. To be honest I'd have him in the first eleven every match but not if he isn't 100%. That kind of thing could cost us points.
 

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We should all be doing whatever our faith requires to help the big man continue playing for the rest of the season. I'll be doing extra 24/7 sessions of not praying. Hope you're all making personal sacrifices like this.

I think it must be quite close between Zurab and Boab for a place in the team. Malcolm is probably in possession of the jersey just now until he does something daft (hopefully nothing serious). I actually think Marvin will play until the summer though.
 

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It's very strange that Rangers should release a statement on a player refusing medical treatment. They are obviously guarding themselves from any claims should anything bad happen to Big Marv. To make a statement I think they are seriously worried that he is going to do himself long term damage- I really hope that is not the case.

He's in today's Herald saying that God healed him before. When he was at Raith specialists told him he needed a metal plate on a pelvic injury to continue his career but he believes God healed him. That's a little worrying to be honest. I'd never question anyone's personal faith but along with that a little common sense is required too.
 

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The words "very strange" and Marvin Andrews seem to be inextricably linked for one reason or another.

Time to change your sig by the way, Marco.
 

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To anyone who has seen his faith healing roadshow "very strange" is the norm.
 

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Even allowing for the fact it's a pretty strange situation, the tabloids are ripping the pish just a wee bit. Practically 3 pages in the Record devoted to Marv's religious mate saying that everything will be OK because he raised a woman from the dead a while back!!! Surely Hello magazine should be covering this instead of the bloody sports pages?
 

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Big Marv played 45 minutes of the reserve game last night in the 1-1 draw with Hibs. Still doesn't prove anything as far as I'm concerned. He can play on until the end of the season and he might be lucky. If he isn't lucky though and does break down then it's not just a plaster to fix it- it could be career threatening.
 

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Don't like this one bit. If he's really that stubborn then measures should be taken imo. Can't they fine him or omething?
 

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Ultimately the onus is still on McLeish as to whether he picks him or not. Nothing they say will make Andrews change his mind. He apparently got a knock last night and refused treatment. The thing he doesn't seem to understand is that everyone is concerned about his health rather than what is best for the club- it is a bizarre situation. I just hope he proves everyone wrong because if he doesn't then it could be a worst case scenario he faces.
 

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I'm guessing he'll play on Sunday now. We'll just have to cross our fingers and hope for the best.

Did anyone listen to the real radio phone-in yesterday? :D Alan Rough talking about the strings in Marvin's knee snapping like at the big-top. Roughie really hasn't got a clue sometimes. Guess you had to be listening...
 

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Marco Negri said:
Why couldn't this happen to Shota or Zurab or another guy that we never play? Marv seems like the nicest bloke in the world as well.

I don't know. This whole incident is worrying.
That's a bit harsh!!! Maybe it would have been better if it happened to you.:D
 

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The official site now says Big Marv has pulled out of Sunday's game and is now considering the op. I hope he goes for it and glad he has finally seen the light- so to speak.
 

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Marco Negri said:
I think a Zurab-Kyrgiakos partnership would work well against all the non-Celtic teams.
I agree too. Kyrgiakos can play against anyone and would no doubt pick up Bellamy in an Old Firm match. If he can manmark Thierry Henry out of a game with his pace and skill then nae neck will be in his back pocket. Zurab is a different story though against anything other than your average SPL striker. Like Malcolm he looks more suited to being a sitting player in front of the central defence than an actual central defender.

The Old Firm game is not far away and I'm not sure to be honest how we'll line up for that game. Andrews was great in the last game and Klos has always been a talisman in those matches. That's too big losses in that department that gives Celtic a sniff. I'd actually give McKenzie a run out now with a view to the Old Firm game. I've only seen him once but he's a big lad that puts himself about and would probably be the best match up against whatever growler is paired on the day with nae neck.
 

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chivoexpiatorio said:
The Old Firm game is not far away and I'm not sure to be honest how we'll line up for that game. Andrews was great in the last game and Klos has always been a talisman in those matches. That's too big losses in that department that gives Celtic a sniff. I'd actually give McKenzie a run out now with a view to the Old Firm game. I've only seen him once but he's a big lad that puts himself about and would probably be the best match up against whatever growler is paired on the day with nae neck.
Aye, that's not the slightest bit risky.
 
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