Rangers started the afternoon looking to close the seven-point gap to Celtic at the top of the Cinch Premiership, whilst St Johnstone were themselves aiming to build on two straight league wins against Hibs and Kilmarnock respectively.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst highlighted the need to start quickly, and Rangers seemed to heed this message with 6 corners and 10 shots in the opening 12 minutes, with John Lundstram coming closest to opening the scoring. The midfielder’s driven effort was well saved by Elliot Parish at his near post.
October player of the month Antionio Colak was leading the line for the visitors and was immediately causing issues for the Saints defence.
The Croatian found himself in space on the 12th minute mark, however saints defender Ryan McGowan done enough to put the forward off before he could get his shot away.
Fashion Sakala then seen his header come back off the bar on the 20 minutes, as Rangers continued to pepper the host’s goal.
Despite Rangers dominating the majority of the first half, they went behind five minutes before the break. John Lundstram gave the ball away cheaply in midfield to allow the home side to advance up the park.
The ball then broke to full back James Brown, who rocketed a shot past Allan Mcgregor from outside the area to stun the travelling support.