ASSISTANT boss Gary McAllister expects Rangers to get it tough when they visit Perth to take on St Johnstone tomorrow afternoon.

Steven Gerrard’s team toppled off the top of the Premiership in midweek when they drew 0-0 against Hibs at Easter Road while Celtic overcame Motherwell 3-0 at Parkhead.

Brendan Rodgers’ side, bidding for their eighth successive crown, are a point ahead with a game in hand as they prepare to welcome Dundee to the east end of Glasgow today.

The McDiarmid Park outfit are seven points behind their Ibrox visitors, but also have an extra game to play.

Former Scotland international skipper McAllister, anticipating the challenge from the Saints, said: “They’re keeping clean sheets. It never ceases to amaze me what Tommy Wright does at St Johnstone – very rarely he gets money to go and build or add to his squad.

“It’s the same players and they’ve done extremely well, so it’s a tough opponent. We go to Perth and it’s going to be difficult, I think it always is when we go there. So, it’s game on and it’s Hibs coming back to Ibrox.”

Irishman Wright ramped up the pressure on tomorrow’s opponents by insisting Gers will fail to win the title until they can win an Old Firm derby.

He said: “I’ve got to say Celtic, on the back of what they’ve achieved in recent years, will still be favourites.

“The acid test in terms of the title race will be the Old Firm game – psychologically, Rangers have to get over that hurdle.
“I know there has been an occasion in the past when one half of the Old Firm have won the title while being in a points deficit in games against the other, but, psychologically, for Rangers to be a real force, they need to win in the league over Celtic.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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