Saints ready for Rangers challenge

Saints have the chance to build on their first league win of 2018 tonight when they host Rangers at McDairmid Park.

A Murray Davidson double secured Saints all three points against Ross County this past Saturday and should give Tommy Wright’s men some much needed confidence ahead of a tough tie with second placed Rangers.

Speaking after the Ross County fixture, Wright gave an update on squad status as well as the kind of challenges that facing Rangers will bring:

“We're all looking forward to Rangers. A different set of problems will be asked.” Said Wright.

“Today, we had to deal with their physical presence and we dealt with that well but Rangers do try to play a little more football so it will be a different set of problems but hopefully we can cope with that.”

“Unfortunately, George [Williams] was only able to make the bench today having trained basically all week. Matty [Willock] might be back for Tuesday but we've got six players out at the minute. Brian Easton and David McMillan are big players for us and hopefully we can get them back sooner rather than later.”

When the teams last met in December, Saints sprung a huge surprise with an impressive 3-1 victory at Ibrox. This will no doubt give the Saints players belief that they can go out and get another positive result against Graeme Murty’s side.

Rangers have been in fine fettle since returning from the winter break, however. Five league wins from six have catapulted them to second in the Premiership standings. Saints will need to keep the likes of Josh Windass and Alfredo Morelos at bay if they've to have a chance of overcoming the odds.

Saints currently sit eighth in the league table but, crucially, still have two games in hand over Motherwell in seventh and Hearts in fifth. With mid-table separated by so few points, stringing together a few wins and gaining momentum could be vital come the end of the season and the race for the top six.

Steven Mclean will be the referee in charge of proceedings with kick off scheduled for 7.45pm.

Entry to the game is by St Johnstone season ticket or match ticket ONLY. Ticket sales for the away support areas of the stadium have been dealt with by Rangers FC and tickets for home areas can only be purchased by Saints season ticket holders who require additional tickets or Saints fans on the club database. these are available until 5pm.

As of mid-morning, there were no concerns about the game going ahead with morning snow showers having melted away but with continued snow showers and possibly more prolonged spells of snow forecast, fans should keep an eye on social media and the website for any updates.

Match preview by Gary Petersen