St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright has dismissed the idea that a Euro hangover could impact St Johnstone v Rangers.
The Saints take on Steven Gerrard’s side in a lunchtime fixture today. The game will kick-off less than three days after the away side’s Europa League clash with Feyenoord.
Wright doesn’t think that will be a factor and is well aware it’ll be a tough day for his side.
He told the Daily Record: “I don’t think it makes much difference Rangers playing a European tie before facing us.
“They are well used to the routine from last season and they have a big enough squad to handle all these games. At this early stage of the season players are fresh and can cope with three games in a week.”
St Johnstone will still have it tough against Rangers
After a tough run of games, which includes away trips to Aberdeen, Celtic and Hibs, St Johnstone are winless after five games. They’ll need to cause a big shock if they want anything from Rangers.
Despite the fact Rangers only played on Thursday night, they have strength in depth. Gerrard will be able to make a raft of changes and still field a side that Wright will find hard to deal with.
The Ibrox side also dealt with the game after their Europa League group stage match pretty well last season, winning five of the six encounters.
Wright will know that whenever they face Scotland’s biggest sides, St Johnstone are up against it. The McDiarmid Park side have an unfavorable record heading into this match too, winning one of their last 17 matches against Rangers.
St Johnstone can’t be expecting anything but a hard battle against Rangers today, otherwise, it could get messy for them.