Rangers have a huge opportunity to put the pressure on rivals Celtic and open up a five point lead with a win at home against St Johnstone.

While many will focus on the potential for an 11 point gap to be built before the Hoops play anther game following Boli Bolingoli's Spain trip madness, Steven Gerrard will also want to keep up with surprise league pacesetters Hibs.

A 1-1 draw with Dundee United on the opening day of the season is the only game St Johnstone have played due to the postponement of last weekend's clash with COVID-19 sinners Aberdeen.

Boss Callum Davidson will hope the rest won't overly affect his players who will be desperate to get games under their belt after such a prolonged break.

Gerrard on the other hand will expect his Rangers players to continue their relentless start to the season with a performance to match the flair they showed in dismantling stubborn St Mirren at Ibrox on Saturday.

Forward minded stars Ianis Hagi, Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent have started well and will need to be sharp again to break down the Perth Saint's diligent defensive block.

You can follow all the action as it happens in the LIVE blog below.

Tough start

As far as managerial new beginnings go, it has been a tough one for visiting boss Callum Davidson.

Brought in to replace Scottish Cup-winning gaffer Tommy Wright, the new manager saw Michael O’Halloran sent off in the first half of his first league match.

Then his Davidson’s second game didn’t even go ahead after the Aberdeen game was postponed.

But he’s looking on the bright side as a number of players that would have been ruled out are back for the trip to Glasgow.

Obviously they have had a lot of games, more than we have had, but I think we are in a good enough condition to compete.

The one positive is we managed to get three or four players back fit again, so losing Saturday wasn’t bad on that front.

I was disappointed at missing a game. It’s something we knew was going to happen at times.

It’s a learning curve moving forward. We are all trying to move and improve with the times.

Thorn in Rangers' side

The visitors today have been a tough opponent for Rangers in recent seasons - although it’s post-winter break they usually pick up a result.

That was the case last time out back in February, when a 2-2 draw at McDiarmid Park thanks to a late Stevie May leveller cost tonight’s hosts some valuable points.

One year and one week earlier the Saints drew 0-0 at Ibrox. Their last win in Govan came in December 2017.

Gerrard plays down Saints postponement impact

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has played down the impact of St Johnstone’s enforced weekend off.

Their scheduled clash against Aberdeen on Saturday was postponed after the events of last week when eight Dons players visited a bar and were forced to self-isolate.

Saints boss Callum Davidson has said it’s not an ideal situation but Gerrard thinks there are some upsides.

Possibly, although they’ve had longer to prepare in terms of tactically.

I’m sure they will be eager for a game of football.

I read their manager saying it’s not ideal as it’s games that get players and units within a team back into a rhythm again.

We feel we’re right into our rhythm right now. There are pros and cons for St Johnstone, but that’s their concern.

My focus is on where we are at. We’ll be ready to go and come out of the blocks again.

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It has felt like a long week in the world of Scottish football and we’re only halfway through.

Thankfully we have half a fixture card tonight to take our minds off it and it’s a big one at Ibrox.

Rangers are looking to put five points between themselves and rivals Celtic after the Hoops were hit with two postponements.

Visitors St Johnstone meanwhile are a game behind after the turmoil at Aberdeen and they’ll want to spring a shock tonight.

You can follow all the build-up, team news and all the action come the 7:45pm kick-off right here in out LIVE blog.