Monday, March 29, 2010
Rangers' march to their 53rd Scottish Premier League title next passes through Perth as DaMarcus Beasley and Maurice Edu hope to bring the Glasgow club one step closer to a title defense when they visit St. Johnstone.

With Rangers facing a flurry of midweek games in addition to their usual weekend slate, head coach Walter Smith may opt to give rest to the starters who played in Saturday's away win versus Hearts.

That would give Beasley and Edu a possible start at McDiarmind Park for Tuesday's contest.

Whether the American duo will actually have a chance to take the field is still uncertain as gale-force winds and heavy snow are forecasted for the area.

Rangers did well to bounce back against Hearts following last week's Scottish Cup loss versus Dundee United, which was only the second time that the Light Blues had been defeated in all Scottish competitions this year.

Smith's men now only need four wins in their last nine matches to successfully defend their SPL title.

Their nearest competitors, Old Firm rivals Celtic, were thrown into even more disarray after head coach Tony Mowbray was fired from the club last week in the wake of their stunning 0-4 defeat at lowly St. Mirren.

St. Johnstone are having a successful season as they sit in seventh place in the league standings, a respectable position for a newly-promoted team with Liam Craig leading the way with seven goals scored on the season.

Defenders Madjid Bougherra and Kirk Broadfoot are still saddled with hamstring injuries and will not be available for the visitors.

The Saints will be without Martin Hardie and Peter MacDonald whom are out with knee injuries plus Stuart McCaffrey who remains hobbled by a sore groin. Team captain Kevin Rutkiewicz has recovered from his knee injury but will also miss out on Tuesday's affair.

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