St Johnstone lose three key players ahead of Rangers clash
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St Johnstone lose three key players ahead of Rangers clash

Rangers have been boosted by the news that St Johnstone have lost three key players ahead of the Scottish Premiership clash this weekend.

The two sides are set to restart the Scottish football action after the international break with a 12:30pm kick off in Perth.

St Johnstone loanee Glenn Middleton will miss the clash with Rangers due to the Ibrox club being his parent side. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ibrox loanee Glenn Middleton – who is an increasingly influential player at McDiarmid Park – is unavailable to play against his parent club.

Callum Davidson’s side have also lost two of their top performers in the latter stages of the transfer window.

Club captain Jason Kerr – a massive figure in the club’s cup double last season – has left to join English League One Wigan Athletic for a reported £600k [Herald].

The Saints skipper was a giant for the club and his absence is sure to be felt heading into the match with Rangers.

The Perthshire club have also lost Northern Irish international talent and key midfield operator Ali McCann this summer.

McCann, 21, has shone for St Johnstone in recent years and the player earned a deadline day move to Preston North End.

Worth a reported £1.75m to the Saints, this is a substantial fee for them to recoup even if the player’s exit was bittersweet for the club’s hierarchy.

Chairman Steve Brown explained both sales in a lengthy statement to supporters who were quite understandably frustrated at losing their top talents.

St Johnstone sold Ali McCann to Preston on deadline day. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

In it, the chairman revealed the transfer fee and also claimed that the move was rubberstamped due to McCann’s eagerness to test himself in the English Championship [St Johnstone].

But St Johnstone’s loss is clearly Rangers’ gain as the Ibrox side prepare to get back to action in the Scottish Premiership.

Speaking of Ali McCann, one former Rangers star has been expressing his disappointment that the Gers didn’t take a punt on the youngster.