Rangers will be thankful their disappointing Champions League campaign is over as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side can now turn their full focus on mounting a Premiership title challenge.
The Ibrox side currently sit four points behind reigning champions Celtic and with Van Bronckhorst fighting to save his job, the Dutchman will be expecting a big performance from his players when they travel to Perth on Sunday.
A 3-1 home defeat to Dutch giants Ajax on Tuesday night concluded a dismal run of European matches, with captain James Tavernier’s late penalty scant consolation as they became the worst team ever to compete in the group stage of the competition for failing to register a single point.
Heavy defeats to Liverpool and Napoli played their part in an overall goal difference of minus 20 and with just two goals scored during their six games, there has been little for Gers fans to cheer about in recent weeks.
Now, with only domestic matters to concentrate on, the Light Blues will know they can’t afford to lose any further ground in the title race, even at this early stage of the season. An impressive 4-1 comeback win over Aberdeen last weekend will provide cause for optimism, with Antonio Colak, John Lundstram, Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos on the scorehseet.
St Johnstone meanwhile currently sit seven points clear of the relegation zone in eight spot in the table after improving their standing with a gritty 1-0 victory over Kilmarnock last Saturday. Ash Taylor’s early own-goal settled a closely-fought contest.
Manager Callum Davison had previously spoken about his side increasing their ability to win points without necessarily being at their best and their win last weekend showcased their battling qualities.
After back-to-back victories, including a victory over Hibernian at Easter Road, Saints will now be focused on beating Rangers for the first time in 12 years.
We’ve gathered all the information you need on the match and how to watch it below…
Where is the game taking place & what time does the match kick-off?
Who: St Johnstone vs Rangers
What: Scottish Premiership
Where: McDiarmid Park, Perth
When: Sunday, November 6th – kick-off 12.00pm (UK time)
How to watch on TV – Is there a live stream?
Yes, the game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Football and Main Event. Coverage begins at 11.00am - an hour before kick-off. Subscribers can stream the match via the Sky Go app across all devices.
International subscribers can also stream the game through RangersTV. Fans in the UK and Ireland will be able to listen to live audio. BBC Sportsound will also provide online and radio updates throughout the match, with Sportscene highlights on from 7.15pm on Sunday evening.
What are the latest match odds?
ST JOHNSTONE 9/1 | DRAW 9/2 | RANGERS 3/10
*Odds from BET365 correct at time of writing*
Who are the match officials?
Referee Steven McLean has been selected by the SFA to take charge of the fixture. He will be assisted by Daniel McFarlane and Graham McNeillie, with Lloyd Wilson named as the fourth official. Alan Muir is the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
What’s the team news ahead of St Johnstone vs Rangers?
Giovanni van Bronckhorst confirmed centre-back Ben Davies will be given a chance to prove his fitness tomorrow by undergoing a series of minor tests. The Englishman sat out of Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat to Ajax after sustaining a niggly injury against Aberdeen last weekend.
Midfielder John Lundstram returns after serving his European suspension in midweek, while Glen Kamara and Charlie McCann are both fit and available. Youngster Alex Lowry is also available after making his Champions League debut as a late substitute in midweek.
Ridvan Yilmaz, Filip Helander, Connor Goldson, Ianis Hagi, Ryan Jack, Tom Lawrence, John Souttar and Kemar Roofe are all unlikely to feature before the World Cup break.
St Johnstone boss Callum Davison remains without long-term absentees Callum Booth (Achilles) and Chris Kane (cartilage damage), while midfielder Cammy MacPherson is also sidelined due to a hamstring injury.
Winger David Wotherspoon is back in contention after recovering from knee surgery, while Graham Carey made his first start in nearly two months last weekend.
Attacking midfielder Jamie Murphy suffered a swollen knee a fortnight ago but scan results have allayed fears he had sustained a serious injury. He’s unlikey to be risked, while Michael O’Halloran was also absent from the matchday squad against Kilmarnock.