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Wright: Players have to be ready for a different test against Ross County

St Johnstone take on the division’s bottom club after holding leaders Celtic to a draw last weekend.

Wright: Players have to be ready for a different test against Ross County

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has told his players that their draw with Celtic is irrelevant ahead of the visit of Ross County.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers questioned the Saints players’ commitment in lower-profile matches after they took a second point from Celtic Park this season.

Saints have not won in the Ladbrokes Premiership since beating Rangers at Ibrox in mid-December and Saturday’s home game against the bottom club offers the starkest test of whether they can shed their inconsistency.

But Wright knows a game against a side unbeaten in two matches and battling at the bottom poses a challenge in itself.

“Last week has gone,” the Northern Irishman said. “Last week can’t get us anything.

“It’s a totally different set of circumstances. We are at home, where we haven’t been great. We are playing a team that is more direct than Celtic and dangerous at set-pieces with the amount of tall players they have in their team.

“It will be a different set of problems for the players and it’s a set of problems we have got to deal with and got to get better at dealing with. We have dealt with a set of problems that Celtic presented last week but this week is a totally different game and we have to be ready for it.”

Saints have not been helped by their mounting injury problems, which could deprive them of eight players.

Richard Foster has been ruled out for the season with a hamstring tear to join Brian Easton, David McMillan, Keith Watson, David McMillan and Callum Hendry on the sidelines and recent loan signings George Williams and Matty Willock are doubts.

“Young Matty Willock is ill, George hasn’t trained all week so he is a doubt,” Wright said. “It’s not ideal but we just have to deal with it.

“We’ve had a bad year with injuries and long-term injuries but you have to deal with it. Every club has injuries. But a club our size it’s difficult to lose that many players.”

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