Rangers have started the season strongly, having won their opening two Scottish Premiership matches and are currently second on the table, three points behind Hibernian, who have played a game more.
Steven Gerrard is yet to win a trophy at Ibrox and the Liverpool legend and the Gers are desperate to break Celtic’s stranglehold on the domestic league, which the Hoops have won nine times on the trot.
A good start to the season is definitely a step in the right direction but Rangers should be wary of slipping up against less-fancied teams, which was a trait for the Scottish giants next season.
So without further ado, let’s preview Rangers’ upcoming Scottish Premiership clash against St Johnstone.
Rangers vs St Johnstone recent form
St Johnstone: D-W-D-L-D
Rangers won their last match in the league 3-0 against St Mirren on Sunday, while St Johnstone were held to a 1-1 draw by Dundee United in what was their first match of the season.
Rangers vs St Johnstone: Head-to-head record
Total Matches: 28
Rangers wins: 18
St Johnstone wins: 5
The Saints were able to hold the Gers to a 2-2 draw in the last meeting between the sides at McDiarmid Park back in February. The draw came as yet another nail in the coffin for Rangers as they fell further behind Celtic in the title race.
Rangers vs St Johnstone: Team news
Veteran goalkeeper, Allan McGregor is set to be back between the sticks on Wednesday after missing Sunday’s game against St Mirren with a knock.
Midfielders, Scott Arfield and Steven Davis are also expected to start as Steven Gerrard will look to freshen up the team as they prepare to play their third game in the space six days.
Striker Jermain Defoe, who has been recovering from an injury and summer signing, Kemar Roofe will be out of the match after returning to training only recently.
St Johnstone will be without several players as Chris Kane, Murray Davidson, Zander Clark, and John Robertson are all injured, while Michael O’Halloran is suspended after receiving a red card against Dundee United.
Rangers vs St Johnstone: Predicted line-up
Rangers predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Balogun, Barisic; Davis, Kamara; Arfield, Hagi, Kent; Morelos
St Johnstone predicted line-up (3-4-3): Parish, Kerr, Gordon, McCart, McNamara, McCann, Craig, Booth, May, Hendry, Wotherspoon
Rangers vs St Johnstone: Where to watch
For Rangers season ticket holders based in the UK, the match can be watched on Rangers TV.
The subscribers outside the UK and Ireland also have the option of streaming the game online.
The match won’t be shown live on Sky Sports.
Rangers vs St Johnstone: Kick-off time and venue
Rangers vs St Mirren: Timing
7.45pm, UK (Wednesday)
Rangers vs St Johnstone: Venue
Rangers vs St Johnstone: Prediction
Rangers have been in good form so far, despite their Europa League defeat to Bayer Leverkusen, with the Gers showing an intent that they mean business this time around.
They have played three competitive matches since football returned in Scotland, while St Johnstone have been away from the action since their first match against Dundee United on 1st August.
As a result, Rangers will definitely have more fitness to boast about, ahead of Wednesday’s clash at Ibrox.
The Gers will be a confident unit too, having won their first two Scottish Premiership matches, and St Johnstone will be hoping that Steven Gerrard’s side are fatigue after playing three games in quick succession.
Rangers vs St Johnstone final verdict: 1-0