TOMMY WRIGHT brings his St Johnstone side to Celtic Park tomorrow for a top of the table clash. Both sides have a perfect 3 wins from 3 games at the start of the season so something must give.
And Wright knows that he was the last manager to get the better of Celtic in domestic football when Ronny Deila’s team went down 2-1 at McDiarmid Park in May 2016. Since then it has been a long and thankless task for any side in Scotland trying to beat Celtic. An invincible treble winning season followed as Celtic upgraded on the managerial front bringing in Brendan Rodgers to replace the Norwegian and the rest as they say is history.
Talking of history Wright sees tomorrow not as a pressure free match but as a real chance to bookmark Celtic’s record by taking the three points back to Perth. That in itself for the manager that many regarded as a more considered choice to follow on from Mark Warburton across the city at Ibrox.
But that chance never came for Wright who remains perhaps the most impressive boss in the league outside of Rodgers and perhaps Derek McInnes at Aberdeen. He’s certainly looking forward to tomorrow’s top of the table clash.
“We put ourselves under pressure to win every game,” Wright stated.
“People will probably see it as a free-hit and I have heard that term used a lot. But I’ve never known a manager or player that wants to lose a football match.
“It’s a top-of-the-table clash but it is only three games in so we are not going to get carried away with it.
“We are pleased with the start we have made. Confidence is high and performances have been good. You look at teams like Dundee, Kilmarnock, Partick, all teams who have strengthened who haven’t started as well.
“But I am sure they will not be panicking and by the same token we will not be getting carried away.
“We do know in this league that you can very quickly lose three or four in a row and we have the most difficult game of the season, playing a team who have been on fire again.
“We know it will be a hard afternoon but we know if we can keep possession better we can hopefully cause them problems as well.”
Wright will have new arrival Denny Johnstone available after his season-long loan move from Colchester was confirmed.
The St Johnstone manager may also be hoping that the long trip to Astana in midweek will have taken something out of Celtic’s and yesterday’s Champions League draw will prove to be a distraction tomorrow in the East End of Glasgow.