In contrast St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas was looking to turn round a post split run of results to forget with a win which could propel his over-achieving side into a Europa League spot if other results went their way.
After a spirited opening by the home side, they were again left to rue a lack of quality in the final third and when the chance did fall to Sheridan his free header was straight at McGregor.
With a raucous support willing them on Rangers started to take a stranglehold of the game, with Aluko dropping back into the hole tipping the match in their favour. As the pressure mounted it was no surprise when Rangers took the lead with a stunning shot on the half volley from McCulloch, on the edge of the box which left Mannus with no chance.
The game settled down to a midfield tussle with both sides having their chances, with the best falling to Bedoya when free in the box he blazed wildly over the bar.
Neither side made any changes at half time and it was the home side who made all the running early on, but without the guile of Croft they struggled again to create meaningful chances from open play. Rangers on the other hand had no such problems as Edu fed Aluko who burst through the home defence to coolly put away Rangers’ second of the match.
The second goal seemed to be a fatal blow For St.Johnstone’s faint hopes and all recognition of each other disappeared.
On the opposite side of the coin Rangers grew in confidence and put a limp St Johnstone to the sword with Aluko bagging a further two goals to take home the match ball.
On a day that started so brightly off the field the players on the field proved that on it there still a match for anyone in the SPL.
With the events of the past 24 hours reducing the 90 minutes to a mere sideshow to the main spectacle of events off it Ally McCoist was full of praise for his team who continue to perform in what he described as ‘the darkest season in Rangers history’.
Perth gaffer Lomas was philosophical of his teams performance and indeed there matches since the split, a proud manager who realised his men have given their all and over achieved in their top six finish.
St Johnstone: Mannus, McKay, Callum Davidson, Morris, Wright, Anderson, Millar, Adams, Sheridan, Sandaza, Craig.
Subs: Enckelman, Maybury, Moon, Haber, Kane, Keatings, McIntosh.
Rangers: McGregor, Bartley, Perry, Broadfoot, McCabe, Whittaker, Bedoya, Edu, Wallace, Aluko, McCulloch.
Subs: Alexander, Healy, Little, Hegarty, Mitchell, Crawford, McKay.