RANGERS take on St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership tonight and we’ve pulled together everything about the fixture in one handy place.
NICKNAME: The Saints
STADIUM: McDiarmid Park
GROUND CAPACITY: 10,696
PITCH SIZE: 105m x 68m
MANAGER: Tommy Wright
REFEREE: Kevin Clancy
ASSISTANTS: Alisdair Ross Gavin Harris
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Nick Walsh
KICK OFF: 19:45
COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Premiership
SAINTS SEASON SO FAR:
Tommy Wright’s Saints are currently in fifth place in the league behind Ian Cathro’s Hearts who are currently in fourth place. The Saints have lost three of their last six games, winning the other three. In their last match, at home against Lee McCulloch’s Kilmarnock, St Johnstone were beaten 2-0 through goals from Rory McKenzie and Conor Sammon.
On their travels this season, St Johnstone have won six games, drawn four and lost three, scoring fifteen and conceding twelve. The Saints have won more games away from home this season than everyone in the league other than Celtic (11) and Aberdeen (7).
RANGERS: Clint Hill has been back in full training this week following missing the Inverness Caley Thistle game due to a head knock. Jordan Rossiter and Niko Kranjcar continue to miss out for the Gers with long term injuries.
ST JOHNSTONE (via perthstjohnstonefc.co.uk): Danny Swanson, Keith Watson and Graham Cummins all trained this week after injuries with Liam Craig is back from suspension. Chris Kane however is sidelined with a knock he picked up against Kilmarnock and Murray Davidson remains injured.
SAINTS LAST MATCH
ST JOHNSTONE ALL MATCHES:
ST JOHNSTONE LEAGUE MATCHES:
ST JOHNSTONE HOME MATCHES:
#RFCSTJ LAST FIVE RESULTS:
D – 28/12/2016 AWAY 1-1
D – 26/10/2016 HOME 1-1
L – 22/09/2015 HOME 1-3
W – 28/10/2014 HOME 1-0
W – 13/05/2012 AWAY 4-0
RANGERS LAST FIVE LEAGUE RESULTS:
L – 19/02/2017 AWAY DUNDEE 1-2
W – 12/02/2017 HOME MORTON 2-1
D – 04/02/2017 HOME ROSS COUNTY 1-1
L – 01/02/2017 AWAY HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN 1-4
W – 28/01/2017 AWAY MOTHERWELL 2-0
OPPOSITION MANAGER VIEW
Tommy Wright, St Johnstone manager: (via Dundee Courier) “You could say Rangers players might look a bit distracted but a professional player isn’t going into games thinking about the managerial situation.
“Maybe at home the crowd can get a bit impatient if they don’t get that first goal. That can have an effect on players. But the supporters were behind them at Inverness, certainly until the stage I Ieft.
“They had chances in the game. The difference was that Inverness took their chances and Rangers didn’t. Rangers will get chances against us and we have to hope they don’t click and start finding the back of the net.
“We do expect to be on the back foot a little bit more against the bigger teams away from home but we thrive on that challenge. Our performances at Ibrox, particularly on the counter attack, have been really good and we have passed the ball well.
“Truth be told, these probably are easier games for players to get up for because maybe the fear of losing is greater going to these grounds and the players get an adrenaline rush to go out and perform.”
- Having drawn both of the previous meetings this season, Rangers and St Johnstone could be heading for a third drawn league game in succession for the first time in their history. In 106 league meetings before the start of this season the clubs had only previously drawn consecutive matches once – in February and March of 2000.
- Rangers will be trying to break a seven-match run in league fixtures with Saints where the home team has failed to win. In this spell, Rangers have recorded two draws at Ibrox while St Johnstone have drawn once and lost four meetings at McDiarmid Park. The last home victory came in February 2011 when a Nikica Jelavic double helped Gers to a 4-0 win.
- The top scorer in matches between the sides since 2000 is Nikica Jelavic, who scored five goals between February 2011 and January 2012. Billy Dodds and Sasa Papac are next on the list with four strikes apiece.
- All four goals scored in the two 1-1 draws this season have been scored in the first half. Indeed, in the last 14 league meetings between the sides, Rangers have only failed to find the net in the first 45 minutes on one occasion – a 0-0 draw at Ibrox in November 2011.
- Sone Aluko is the most recent player to score a hat-trick in this fixture, his treble coming in a 4-0 victory at McDiarmid Park in May 2012. Before this, the last player to score a league hat-trick was Mark Hateley in a 6-0 home win in August 1991 although Ally McCoist did also take the match ball home after the League Cup semi-final win over Saints in September 1992.
- Kenny Miller’s second competitive goal for Rangers came against St Johnstone in October 2000 but in over 100 subsequent strikes he has only found the net against Saints on one other occasion – in a 2-1 home victory in August 2010.
THE LAST TIME
ST JOHNSTONE 1-1 RANGERS | 28 DECEMBER 2016
DESPITE an extremely bright opening period, Rangers were held by St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park this evening in the Scottish Premiership.
A long spell of Gers pressure yielded a Barrie McKay opener, but his strike was cancelled out by Steven MacLean after a mix-up at the back.
ST JOHNSTONE: Clark, Alston (Scobbie, 43), Anderson, Millar (Craig, 69), MacLean, Wotherspoon (Swanson, 79), Shaughnessy, Paton, Foster, Easton, Cummins.
SUBS NOT USED: Mannus, Watson, Kane, Hunter.
RANGERS: Foderingham, Tavernier, Hill (Hodson, 66), Kiernan, Wilson, Garner (Waghorn, 62), Miller (O’Halloran, 81), McKay, Windass, Halliday, Holt.
SUBS NOT USED: Gilks, Forrester, Crooks, Senderos.
REFEREE: Mr Crawford Allan
READ A MATCH REPORT HERE
The 100-page bumper issue is packed with interviews and features with your favourite Rangers stars past and present, and here is what you can expect:
- An exclusive interview with Gers attacker Barrie McKay on wanting to get Rangers’ season back on track
- The latest on the search for a manager and director of football with Gers Managing Director Stewart Robertson
- Lee Wallace‘s programme notes looking back on the last match and forward to tonight’s game
- ‘On The Spot’ with new Rangers goalkeeper Jak Alnwick
- An exclusive interview with Carlos Bocanegra speaking about his exciting new role as Technical Director at Atlanta FC
- An exclusive interview with former Gers defender Gary Bollan speaking about playing against Dortmund in 1995 and picking up an injury
- Part seven of our nine in a row series looking at the crucial month of March from 1996/97
- ‘NextGen Gers’ with talented young goalkeeper Jamie Barjonas
- ‘The Last Word’ with Head of Academy Craig Mulholland speaking about Jordan Houston who was recently on the first team bench.
Also in the programme Gers historian David Mason looks back at the formation of Rangers in 1872, there is On This Day, Snapshot, the A to Z of Rangers for T, a tricky quiz, Andy Cameron’s column and Junior Gers.
All this and so much more can be found in this tonight’s matchday programme, price just £3.50. Don’t miss it!
HOW TO WATCH
IF you’re outside the UK or Ireland then you can enjoy the whole of the St Johnstone match live on RangersTV.
Regular commentator Tom Miller will bring you full commentary throughout the 90 minutes with former Gers midfielder Kevin Thomson on co-commentary.
In a packed pre-match show you will be able to watch an interview with retiring Supporters Liaison Manager Jim Hannah, see goalkeeper Jak Alnwick going On The Spot, watch the next in our Next Gen Gers series with midfielder Jamie Barjonas and see a new interview with Barrie McKay.
At half time Tom and Kevin will review the action from the first half before taking a look back at a 3-1 win over Aberdeen on this day in 2008.
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