STEVEN MACLEAN has fired back at Pedro Caixinha by saying the Portuguese manager should focus on his own team instead of discussing the Saints.

The fiery response from hit-man Maclean come on the back of Caixinha comparing Tommy Wright’s side to Greenock Morton, who drew 3-3 with Rangers in a friendly at Auchenhowie last week.

Speaking to RangersTV, Caixinha drew comparisons between the Championship side and the side that are behind the Ibrox side on goal difference.

“I think Morton play in a similar way to St Johnstone, with more or less the same philosophy, so it was good to put in practice some of those things.”

However, Maclean scoffed at the comments and suggested it was an attempt by Caixinha to get into the heads of the McDiarmid Park players.

“I did have a little chuckle when I read his comments. It is more of Pedro’s mind games.

“There are similarities between St Johnstone and Morton as we both play in blue and white. I don’t know where he is coming from. Maybe he is trying to wind us up.”

MacLean then poked fun at the Ibrox club and the current rumours of a split dressing room.

“He’s doing a good job of it….we are all petrified! I think he should worry about stopping leaks coming out his dressing room. He is trying to wind us up but we are a bit long in the tooth for that.

“We will take care of our own business and he can keep doing what he wants.”

St Johnstone host Rangers as part of Friday night football on BT Sport this week, with the game kicking off at 7:45pm.


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