It might not be a crisis for the rest of the clubs in the Premiership but in Celtic’s world, their current situation is as near to one as has been known for a few seasons.
As a straight-talking Northern Irishman himself, Tommy Wright wasn’t surprised that Brendan Rodgers didn’t pull any punches in his post-match assessment of Celtic’s defeat at Kilmarnock.
St Johnstone have enjoyed plenty of success at Ibrox in recent times and ended a near half-a-century winless league run in this part of Glasgow less than a year ago.
Getting into a Canadian national team that includes players from the English Premier League and a teenager who has been snapped up by Bayern Munich in no easy task for David Wotherspoon.
Playing Rangers on a Sunday, Celtic in midweek and the league leaders Hearts the following weekend is no chore, according to St Johnstone skipper Joe Shaughnessy.
Patience will be needed for St Johnstone players not used to being on the fringes, such is the strength in depth at McDiarmid Park this season.
Alex Cleland watched from the Everton bench as Steven Gerrard was sent down the Anfield tunnel for an early bath in a Merseyside derby.
The prospect of a trip to Ibrox will send a shiver down the spine of many footballers.
Tommy Wright will never criticise his players for trying to stay on their feet in the penalty box – even if it costs St Johnstone a penalty as it did at the weekend.
Ross Callachan believes his St Johnstone debut would have been so much better had Willie Collum been a player before becoming a referee.