A dead-rubber it may be, however we expect a few goals at McDiarmid Park when the Saints and the Gers clash on Sunday afternoon.
St Johnstone’s season has been one of relative success – at least by their own standards. For a small club to finish fourth in the Scottish top-flight is an achievement in itself and with European football on the horizon, the Saints can be pleased with their efforts throughout the campaign.
Tommy Wright’s men will finish the season in fourth position behind Rangers, Aberdeen and runaway champions Celtic, however they are unlikely to ease-up in their final game of the campaign. Indeed the Perth side head into this game having won five of their last seven Scottish Premiership games and we believe that they can get the better of a Rangers side which have been far from convincing of late.
Indeed a mere six points exist between the two sides as things stand and whilst Rangers won 3-2 in the last meeting between the sides at Ibrox in March, we’re of the opinion that the home side will avenge for that defeat by collecting all three points at lunchtime on Sunday.
Indeed St Johnstone’s home form has been impressive of late with wins in all-but-one of their last five games at McDiarmid Park. In complete contrast, Rangers have been far from their best away from Ibrox with just two wins in their last eight games on the road. Nevertheless they have had few problems finding the back of the net and they should contribute towards the scoreline by finding the net against a St Johnstone side which have also been scoring prolifically at home this season.
Indeed while we believe that the hosts will edge this tie, we also expect a goal-fest in what is effectively a dead-rubber of a match. With nothing to play for, both sides will be able to adopt a free-flowing and entertaining display which should result in both nets bulging from time to time.