Rangers, in second place, are 3 points clear of Aberdeen thanks to Aberdeen’s loss at the weekend. That defeat for the Dons also ended any talk of Rangers being in a title chase, as Celtic moved nine points clear after that victory. That seems like too big a gap for Graeme Murty’s Gers to chase down, and that’s probably a relief for the interim boss. They don’t have the squad to chase down the Bhoys, so taking the title pressure off could set them up for a strong finish to the campaign.
Rangers head to St Johnstone on Tuesday night aiming to extend their grip on second, with the hosts in poor form. The Saints are some way off last term, when they made it in to the Europa League. There was a stage this season when St Johnstone were among the top four and pushing to repeat their great finish last year, but that was some time ago now. Instead, the Saints are just looking to gain points and steer clear of trouble at the bottom.
There should be little problem for Rangers in this trip, despite the hosts returning to winning ways against bottom side Ross County at the weekend. The Saints have won just four times at home this term, losing six. Meanwhile, the visitors have saved their best form for the road, and they have the strongest away record in the top flight going in to this match. Having won 10 of their 14 matches on their travels in the Premiership, the Gers are in good shape to claim another three points on Tuesday.
The visitors have averaged 2.29 goals per game on the road, and they’ve been winning with a pretty open style. Their games have been getting progressively more entertaining, with their last trip seeing a 5-3 win at Hamilton. It should come as no surprise that the Gers have seen over 2.5 goals in 86% of their games on the road this term, and we see another high scoring clash here. The visitors have a great record at this ground, and their last five visits have seen them win high scoring clashes on four occasions. We’re backing a Rangers win and over 2.5 goals, which has landed in 90% of their away league victories this term.
Josh Windass has now hit the 10 goal mark in the Premiership this season, and he’s recently come back into form for the Gers. The former Accrington Stanley man is in excellent form, hitting nine goals in his last six matches overall. What makes that even more impressive is those nine have all come in their last four away games, which makes Windass a really well priced option as an anytime goalscorer pick this week.
Head To Head
Rangers have won three of their last four meetings with St Johnstone.
St Johnstone vs Rangers Stats
- Rangers have been winning at the end of each half in six of their last seven trips to St Johnstone.
- The visitors have seen exactly three goals in half of their away trips.
- Rangers have won 2-1 in 28% of their games on the road.