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St Johnstone boss expects players to enjoy Rangers game atmosphere

Tommy Wright.
Tommy Wright.

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has backed his players to rise to the challenge of an in-form Rangers coming to McDiarmid Park.

A near capacity crowd is expected for tomorrow night’s game, with the Glasgow side having chalked up four wins in succession.

Saints are a team in rude health themselves, unbeaten in four and victorious in their last match at Kilmarnock on Friday night.

And Wright is optimistic about his side’s chances.

“Rangers are in good form,” he said.  “That’s four wins on the bounce now but you would expect them to go on runs like that because they have a very good squad.

“It’s going to be a difficult game for us but we’re at home and the crowd that’s going to be there will help us.

“I think our players will be lifted by it and will respond to the atmosphere.

“Murray Davidson is suspended and Michael Coulson will be out, but Steven MacLean is back in the squad.

“Chris Millar will be fine as well, we might have to look at it for Saturday depending on how he feels but for the Rangers game he’ll be OK.

“It has been a long time since he played 90 minutes but he came through it well.

“We will have to make a change because of Murray’s ban but you always know he’ll pick up bookings.

“We have options with the likes of Paul Paton as well. Murray didn’t play against Rangers the last time and we got a good result.

“So I’m happy with the options we’ve got available.”

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