St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright has said that the arrival of Rangers midfielder Jason Holt has given the club ‘a lift’.

The Saints are currently joint-bottom of the Premiership following a poor start to the campaign. A disastrous League Cup group stage has been followed up by four winless league matches.

A bad start. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The mood clearly isn’t great around the club at the moment, but their manager insists their new signing is making an impact already.

Speaking about the Rangers midfielder, Wright told the BBC: “He has given the place a lift already with the quality he has shown in training. I’m really pleased.

“He can use the ball well, has good mobility and can nick a goal or two. I think it is important you get as many players that know the league as possible and Jason certainly does.”

Holt has to hit the ground running at St Johnstone

With Holt’s addition, St Johnstone now have plenty of SPFL experience in their midfield. Liam Craig and Murray Davidson have made over 700 appearances for St Johnstone combined.

Craig’s an experienced pro. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Holt adds a further 150 games of SPFL experience to the midfield. Not only that, but he adds a bit of aggression that has perhaps been lacking at McDiarmid Park this term.

Wright is getting a tenacious midfielder who’ll put in the hard yards for his club. That’s showing in training already it seems, with his new boss clearly impressed with his work.

It’s important that he now hits the ground running. His Rangers career may be effectively over, but he’s got a new lease of life in Perth. A good start this weekend away to Aberdeen will set Holt up nicely for a run of games he’s destined to get at McDiarmid Park.

His Rangers career is dead in the water. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Holt’s started well in training at least, the real test will be whether that translates into a game.

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