In Focus: Victory would be sweet for Wright’s Saints after controversial week

As reported by The Scotsman, St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has not held back with criticism of Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha ahead of the two teams meeting tonight in the Scottish Premiership.

What’s the story?

The war of words between the Rangers and St Johnstone camps has rumbled on all week with Pedro Caixinha first comparing them to Championship side Greenock Morton, Steven MacLean hitting back, then the Rangers boss suggesting Saints had been privy to confidential squad information in the last meeting between the two sides.

The words haven’t gotten any kinder since then either and St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright is the latest to weigh into the debate, branding Caixinha as ‘paranoid’ and delivering a withering criticism of the Portuguese.

As quoted by The Scotsman, Wright said:

What he’s talking about in terms of us getting their team last season, is just someone that’s paranoid. I didn’t get his team last season, it surprises me that he says I did. We didn’t change our training regime, we didn’t wait for them to finish training to get the team. It just didn’t happen, so I now know what ‘fake news’ means, because it didn’t happen. He obviously has problems, he says there’s a spy in the camp, and it looks like he has a spy in our camp to be able to say we changed training, but that’s duff information because it never happened.

He hasn’t held back has he? The comments add fuel to the fire ahead of the two sides meeting tonight and it’s all set-up to be quite the battle in Perth.

Extra motivation

The whole episode has likely given Saints extra motivation to go out and get a result in front of their own fans. It was likely a match they were already targeting to do well in, both points are equal on points after all, but after the back and forth, the prize of victory would be even sweeter for Tommy Wright and his men.

The same could likely be said for Pedro Caixinha though. The Ibrox boss is under pressure to deliver consistent results in the top-flight and he’ll be looking to pick up from where they left off away to Hamilton.

It was hard for the two teams to be separated last season and it’s smart to expect the same tonight. Who will come out on top and claim the spoils after a week of controversy?