Boss Tommy Wright confident ahead of St Johnstone’s clash with Rangers

Rangers have improved since St Johnstone won at Ibrox in December but Saints boss Tommy Wright remains confident ahead of Tuesday night’s Ladbrokes Premiership clash in Perth.

The Govan club used the January transfer window to bring in Brighton’s Jamie Murphy, Norwich’s Russell Martin, Nottingham Forest striker Jason Cummings and QPR midfielder Sean Goss on loan, while Greg Docherty was bought from Hamilton for a fee of over £675,000.

The Light Blues’ 2-0 win over Hearts at Ibrox on Saturday means Graeme Murty’s side have lost just once in their last 10 games.

However, following a goalless draw at Celtic Park in their previous outing, St Johnstone beat bottom side Ross County 2-0 on Saturday for their first home win in five months, which encourages Wright.

“They (Rangers) are in a different place at the minute,” said the Northern Irishman.

“They have signed different players but the encouragement should be how well we have played in the last couple of games.”

Looking back to his side’s 3-1 win at Ibrox, Wright said: “That game was away back in December, but certainly there is nobody in this league that we are ever frightened of.

“We always go into games believing we can win and certainly that’s the case on Tuesday night.

“They are a big club, they can spend money.

“It is easy at a big club when you need to change things, you just go out and spend money and the proof will be in whether they can win the (Scottish) Cup, put pressure on Celtic, that’s the pressure Rangers are under.

“But you could argue that the recruitment in January was better than the recruitment in the summer for them.”

Wright spoke of the significance of the win over the struggling Staggies which took the McDiarmid Park club into eighth place.

He said: “It was important that we built on the performance at Celtic, important that we stopped the poor run we have had at home and who we were playing, opening up a nine-point gap (over County) with two games in hand.

“It was also important that we stayed in touch with Motherwell, with two games in hand and five points behind.

“I am pleased that the players went out and controlled the game and we have to try and build on that and go on a run.”

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