RANGERS take on St Johnstone 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: Don Robertson
ASSISTANTS: Alasdair Ross, Ralph Gordon
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Greg Aitkin
KICK OFF: 19:45
VENUE: McDiarmid Park
COMPETITION: Ladbokes Premiership
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Major roadworks are taking place in Perth meaning the slip-road from the A9 to the A85 (i.e. the normal Northbound exit to McDiarmid Park) is closed. The diversion is signposted and involves continuing on the A9 to the Inveralmond Roundabout before doubling back.
Please allow extra time for your journey.
SAINTS PLAYER PREVIEW:
Steven MacLean (The Courier): “We have been called rugby players before but we just take these things with a pinch of salt. It is water off a duck’s back.
“People try to come up with new things every year for us. If we are doing well and people want to have a fight then it is a compliment for us. We will take everything that comes our way.
“It is a good thing in life when somebody puts you down. It makes you want to come out the other end fighting. It is a good attitude to have to prove people wrong. It gives you a strong mentality when people say you are not good enough.
“Secretly we use it in the dressing room to try and finish as high up the league as possible. We enjoy folk having a dig at us because we know we have more sides to our game. We can fight when it gets dirty and we can play football as well.
“We have not finished in the top four for the past three seasons by just lumping it long.”
SAINTS MANAGER PREVIEW:
Tommy Wright (Evening Times): “I spent a bit of time looking at the goals we have conceded. I can safely say nine of the 11 in the league have been down to individual errors. We could be in an even stronger position.
“But we have made it far too easy for teams to scores against us, especially in the last two away games with Aberdeen and Dundee.
“We have given away too many cheap goals. That is something that has to improve to get us back on a winning run.”
“Michael O’Halloran would have made the Rangers game but we will take it easy with him and he will definitely be ok for Hearts. We will make sure he uses the time wisely.”
LAST 5 RESULTS
L 30/09/2017 ABERDEEN AWAY PREMIERSHIP 0-3
W 23/09/2017 HAMILTON ACCIES HOME PREMIERSHIP 2-1
L 16/09/2017 DUNDEE AWAY PREMIERSHIP 2-3
D 09/09/2017 HIBERNIAN HOME PREMIERSHIP 1-1
D 26/08/2017 CELTIC AWAY PREMIERSHIP 1-1
W 29/09/2017 HAMILTON ACCIES AWAY PREMIERSHIP 4-1
L 23/09/2017 CELTIC HOME PREMIERSHIP 0-2
W 19/09/2017 PARTICK THISTLE AWAY BETFRED CUP 3-1
D 15/09/2017 PARTICK THISTLE AWAY PREMIERSHIP 2-2
W 09/09/2017 DUNDEE HOME PREMIERSHIP 4-1
LAST 5 MEETINGS
W 21/05/2017 AWAY PREMIERSHIP 2-1
W 01/03/2017 HOME PREMIERSHIP 3-2
D 28/12/2016 AWAY PREMIERSHIP 1-1
D 26/10/2016 HOME PREMIERSHIP 1-1
L 22/09/2015 HOME LEAGUE CUP 1-3
Michael O’Halloran (5)
Steven MacLean (3)
Liam Craig (2)
Murray Davidson (2)
David Wotherspoon (1)
Alfredo Morelos (8)
Graham Dorrans (4)
Daniel Candeias (3)
James Tavernier (2)
Eduardo Herrera (2)
GERS MANAGER PREVIEW
GERS PLAYER PREVIEW
- Rangers will be without captain Lee Wallace who is still recovering from an injury. Niko Kranjcar and Danny Wilson are also both back in training following time out through injury.
- St Johnstone will be without Michael O’Halloran who is on loan from the club. St Johnstone are also without former Rangers defender Richard Foster who is serving a two match ban.
- Ryan Jack will also miss the match for the Light Blues after he was sent off in the game against Hamilton last week. Bruno Alves is also expected to be in contention to start following an injury.
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RANGERS travel to Perth tonight to take on St Johnstone and we’ll have it all LIVE on RangersTV.
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