ST JOHNSTONE boss Tommy Wright reckons the strain is on Rangers before the Premiership encounter at Ibrox on Wednesday night.
The Perth gaffer labelled his side’s first-half performance in the 2-0 loss to Kilmarnock as the worst of his tenure.
But Wright now expects a response from his players against the struggling Govan outfit who have lost their last two league games to Dundee and Inverness Caley Thistle.
Wright said: “The pressure is on Rangers because they are expected to be challenging for second.
“We are doing great to be only six points behind them. So, the pressure is all on Rangers. They are at home, they have had a few bad results, their fans will be demanding a response.
“And I think that will make it a difficult game for us.
“The one thing Rangers will have is possession. They have created a lot of chances, they haven’t maybe taken those chances and that’s the one aspect of their game that has let them down this season.They have admitted that themselves.
“We have got to make sure we are right and limit them to very few opportunities.”
The Perth outfit have drawn twice with the Ibrox men this season after knocking them out of the League Cup last term.
Wright has little doubt his players will react to Saturday’s defeat against Killie.
He added: “We got a reaction in the second-half, but it wasn’t enough to get us back in the game.
“Ultimately, we didn’t do well enough over 90 minutes and the two goals summed up our performance because they were shocking.”