St Johnstone vs Rangers Match Analysis & Prediction

St Johnstone

18/02/2024 3:00 pm

Rangers

With their sights set on top spot in the Scottish Premiership table, Rangers make the trip to McDiamind Park to face St Johnstone on Sunday evening.

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The visitors only trail rivals and league leaders Celtic on goals scored after 25 matches, while the hosts currently occupy 10th position with a five-point lead over the bottom two.

St Johnstone have experienced a difficult Premiership campaign so far, currently occupying 10th place with just 24 points from their opening 25 matches.

That is largely down to their struggles going forward, with only bottom-placed Livingston having scored fewer goals that St Johnstone’s 17 at this stage, while managing just five victories and suffering 11 defeats in those 25 matches.

The latest of those victories came away to fellow strugglers Ross County at the beginning of February, taking an unbeaten run to four matches following three straight draws and establishing a lead over the bottom two as Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka scored the only goal of the game in the first half.

However, the Saints have been unable to build on that victory in their last two attempts, firstly seeing the unbeaten run ended by a 1-0 defeat to Hearts.

Craig Levein’s side then most recently travelled to Dundee last weekend and came away empty-handed despite leading Matt Smith until the final 15 minutes. Luke McCowan went on to equalise before Jordan McGhee netted the winner for the hosts in the last kickings.

Having fallen short in the previous two attempts, Rangers set out to lift the Premiership trophy for the 56th time this season, and they have enjoyed a strong campaign so far, collecting 61 points from their first 25 matches with 46 of those points coming from Philippe Clement’s first 17 league games in charge.

That points haul leaves Rangers level with rivals and defending champions Celtic and only behind on goal difference, having narrowed their deficit following a defeat in the Old Firm Derby at the end of 2023 with a run of six straight wins since the turn of the year, firstly beating Kilmarnock, Hibernian and St Mirren in January.

Livingston and Aberdeen then visitors Ibrox and Rangers claimed 3-0 and 2-1 victories respectively, before most recently hosting Ross County in their game in hand on Wednesday and moving level with Celtic following a 3-1 win, as Cyriel Dessers bagged a brace and John Souttar put the game out of sight in injury time.

Now with plenty of momentum behind them in their pursuit of top spot, Rangers will look to make it seven straight Premiership victories with the chance to leapfrog Celtic this weekend.

St Johnstone vs. Rangers Head to head

In the 60 previous meetings between these two teams, St Johnstone have claimed nine victories while Rangers have won 43, and they have drawn in eight. Rangers have scored 120 goals and conceded 44 in the process.

  • 06/11/2022
    St Johnstone
    2
    Rangers
    1
    Premiership
  • 21/01/2023
    St Johnstone
    0
    Rangers
    1
    FA Cup
  • 28/01/2023
    Rangers
    2
    St Johnstone
    0
    Premiership
  • 16/09/2023
    St Johnstone
    0
    Rangers
    2
    Premiership
  • 20/12/2023
    Rangers
    2
    St Johnstone
    0
    Premiership

St Johnstone Team News

St Johnstone will remain without Ali Crawford and Drey Wright on Sunday, as the duo continue long-term spells in the treatment room.

Graham Carey should again lend support to a front two with Chris Kane and Nicky Clark both fighting to come in and lead the line after Adama Sidibeh and Mbunga-Kimpioka started up top last weekend.

St Johnstone's Last 5 Matches

  • 24/01/2024
    St Johnstone
    1
    Aberdeen
    1
    Premiership
  • 27/01/2024
    St Johnstone
    1
    Motherwell
    1
    Premiership
  • 03/02/2024
    Ross County
    0
    St Johnstone
    1
    Premiership
  • 07/02/2024
    St Johnstone
    0
    Hearts
    1
    Premiership
  • 11/02/2024
    Dundee
    2
    St Johnstone
    1
    Premiership

Rangers Team News

James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, John Souttar and Ridvan Yilmwaz are set to line up in an unaltered Rangers back four from the win over Ross County.

Tom Lawrence will hope to again join John Lundstram in midfield despite competition from Nicolas Raskin and Mohamed Diomande.

Rangers's Last 5 Matches

  • 27/01/2024
    St Mirren
    0
    Rangers
    1
    Premiership
  • 03/02/2024
    Rangers
    3
    Livingston
    0
    Premiership
  • 06/02/2024
    Rangers
    2
    Aberdeen
    1
    Premiership
  • 10/02/2024
    Rangers
    2
    Ayr United
    0
    FA Cup
  • 14/02/2024
    Rangers
    3
    Ross County
    1
    Premiership

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