St Johnstone can’t afford top six complacency, says Tommy Wright

Tommy Wright.

Others can take St Johnstone’s top six place for granted, said Perth boss Tommy Wright.

But his players can’t be lulled into believing the job is done.

Fifth-placed Saints, who face Ross County away tomorrow, have opened up a nine-point gap to sixth and a 10-point one to seventh.

Complacency, however, could soon see that eroded, according to Wright.

He said: “The danger is that players believe that the top five are away but we haven’t got enough points yet to be top six so we have to be focused to make that happen and get to 40 points over the next few games. That has to be our ambition.

“There can be no complacency just because we have a 10 point gap. We haven’t achieved anything yet.

“We want to be looking up the table but the way to do that and keep the pressure on Hearts is by putting in performances and winning matches over the nine games before the split.

“We aren’t saying we are going to catch Hearts in fourth but we want to try and have an opportunity to put pressure on them.

“Only Celtic have a better record than us in terms of games lost way from home. We have to go up there and make it difficult for Ross County, knowing if we win it will put us 13 points ahead of a very good side.”

Paul Paton is suspended but Michael Coulson joins the squad after playing for the under-20s in midweek.