St Johnstone boss expects Premiership to get tougher

© SNSSt Johnstone's Liam Craig celebrates his goal.
St Johnstone's Liam Craig celebrates his goal.

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright believes the Scottish Premiership will be a tougher one to compete in next season, but the targets for the Perth men will remain the same.

Wright, whose Saints side finished the season with a 2-2 draw at Hearts, said: “To improve will be difficult with Rangers coming in, with the size of budget and type of players they can bring in.

“My chairman is realistic and we will look at my budget and increase that within the parameters we can.

“We will try to maintain top six and maintain fourth place. To finish fourth place two years in a row is all down to the players and I’m pleased for them.

“To come here and remain unbeaten since the split is a great achievement.”

Saints continued the form that had seen them win four in a row since the split and were 2-0 up inside 12 minutes after Liam Craig’s opener from the penalty spot and a header from Graham Cummins.

An Arnaud Djoum header then a Joe Shaughnessy own goal had the teams level going into the break.

Hearts had striker Abiola Dauda sent off for a tackle that incensed the Saints players after 57 minutes, but the Jam Tarts held on as the visitors pressed for a winner.

Danny Swanson, Steven MacLean and Tam Scobbie all came close.

Five out of five in the top six wasn’t to be, but Saints remained unbeaten.