Our prediction for this Scottish Cup match:
Rangers will be aiming to move one step closer to winning the Scottish Cup trophy when they welcome St. Johnstone at their Ibrox Stadium on Sunday. The Gers recorded a routine 2-0 win over their bitter rivals Celtic in the previous round, meaning that they are high on confidence ahead of the match. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw at McDiarmid Park in midweek, but it has to be noted that Steven Gerrard rested several first-team regulars in the Premier League clash.
Since Stevie G is going to field the best possible side in the Scottish Cup clash, home win should be considered. In the previous meeting between the two sides at Ibrox Stadium Rangers defeated St. Johnstone thanks to Ianis Hagi’s goal, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself. Colombian attacker Alfredo Morelos is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Scott Arfield):
Despite being born in Dechmont, Scotland, Scott Arfield represents Canada on the international stage. Arfield, though, played for Scotland U19 and U21 teams in the past and he made one appearance for Scotland B as well. Scott’s father, though, was born in Toronto, Canada and that is the main reason why he decided to play for the Canada national football team.
The Burnley midfielder made his Canada debut on March 25, 2016 in a 3-0 loss to Mexico. Scott Arfield began his club career at Falkirk and he scored 13 goals in 108 appearances in the league for the Scottish club. In 2010 he signed a deal with Huddersfield Town and he played for the Terriers from until 2013.
As previously mentioned, Arfield currently wear’s Burnley shirt, meaning that he is enjoying the Premier League football. You should bear in mind that the Scottish midfielder netted one goal for Burnley in the 2016/2017 season. He found the net in a 2-1 win over Everton on October 10, 2016.
Highlighted Team (St Johnstone):
Founded back in 1884, St. Johnstone are Scottish football club that welcome their rivals at McDiarmid Park. The venue, which was opened in August 1989, can hold up to 10,696 spectators. Blue and white are the dominant colours of St Johnstone’s home kit, whereas they wear yellow shirts and white shorts when playing on the road.
The club’s biggest success came in the 2013/2014 season when they defeated Dundee United 2-0 in the Scottish Cup final. Steven Anderson and Steven MacLean scored for the Saints in the match played at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Dundee and Dundee United are the club’s traditional rivals, with the teams facing in the Tayside derbies.
The likes of John Brogan, Joe Carr, Willie Coburn, Roddy Grant, and Henry Hall are the first five members of St Johnston “Hall of Fame.” The Saints recorded their biggest win against Tulloch (13-0) in September 1887, with the team suffering their heaviest defeat to Montrose (11-1) in April 1893.