Our prediction for this Scottish Premiership match:
Rangers will look to build on the Champions League triumph over Royale Union SG when they take on St Johnstone in the Premiership round 3. The Gers kicked off the new domestic campaign in style, and, no doubt, they want to keep their 100% record intact. Alfredo Morelos is pushing for a start as Giovanni van Bronckhorst is expected to rest key attacker Antonio Colak for the Champions League clash with PSV, while all Kemar Roofe, Filip Helander, and Ianis Hagi should miss out with injuries for the home team.
The Saints, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Hibernian, with the team beating Motherwell 2-1 at the weekend, but Rangers will pose a much bigger threat for the visiting side than their previous rivals. All Callum Booth, Tony Gallacher, Chris Kane, and David Wotherspoon remain in the recovery room for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Jon McLaughlin):
Jon McLaughlin is a goalkeeper who plays for Sunderland. The 188-cm-tall shoot-stopper played for non-League sides Harrogate Railway Athletic and Harrogate Town in the past, but in 2008 he joined Bradford City. After spending six years at Valley Parade, McLaughlin signed a contract with Burton Albion and he has been playing for the Pirelli Stadium outfit ever since.
Jon McLaughlin made 45 appearances for Burton Albion in both 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons and he has established his self as the team’s first-choice goalkeeper. He was producing scintillating displays for Burton in the 2015/2016 League One campaign and, no doubt, he helped the team secure promotion to the Championship.
Jon McLaughlin was born on 9 September, 1987 in Edinburgh, but he has yet to make his debut for the Scotland national team. Speaking of his honours, the goalkeeper won the Football League Two play-offs with Bradford City in the 2012/2013 season.
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.