MATCH PREVIEW | St Johnstone vs Kilmarnock

Friday 1 December

SAINTS GEAR UP FOR BUSY FESTIVE PERIOD WITH KILLIE VISIT

Saints kick off a hectic schedule over this Christmas period tomorrow afternoon as Kilmarnock visit McDiarmid Park. The fixtures come thick and fast across the month of December as every Premiership team attempts to head into the January winter break in strong fettle.

After a dramatic win away at Hibs last time out, Saints are looking to hit the ground running in December with victory over the men from Ayrshire and closing the gap on the other top six sides is the top priority heading into 2018.

Kilmarnock’s form, while improved under new manager Steve Clarke, has been up and down and the Rugby Park outfit currently sit in 10th place in the Premiership standings

Saints boss Tommy Wright has stressed the importance of building momentum heading into the new year, saying “With seven games in a month, December is going to be a big month for all of the clubs and will really determine where a lot of teams finish this season. We’ve got to make sure we get as many points as possible as we go into the break.”

Despite the busy run of games, Wright is fully focused on Saturday and the task in hand: “I know Steve Clarke. I actually played under him for a short spell when I went back to Newcastle and he’s a very good coach and manager. He’s obviously improved and I believe that Kilmarnock have proved that they’re probably better on the road than what they have been at home.

“They’re well organised. They’ve got pace in their team and quality players but we’re at home and the onus will be on us to try and take the game to them.”

Club captain, Joe Shaughnessy has echoed his manager’s comments about the challenge that Saturday will bring, saying “We’re well aware of how hard it will be. It’s always been a tough game against them. We scored a last minute goal to beat them the last time we played them and hopefully we can just keep going the way we’ve been going and keep on winning.”

A stunning goal from Michael O’Halloran was the difference when Saints and Killie last met on the opening day of the season. The Irishman’s superb solo effort gave Saints a 2-1 win at Rugby Park in early August. Saints will happily take a repeat performance come 3pm on Saturday.

Match preview by Gary Petersen

MATCH INFORMATION

Tomorrow’s match is a 3pm kick off and Saints fans can access the East Stand or West Stand. Saints-supporting family groups are also welcome to watch the game from the SSE Ormond Family Stand – a great deal at only £16 for one adult and up to two kids aged 12 and under.

Home admission prices

WEST STAND

Adult - £24 Senior Citizen - £15 13-16 year old - £14 Accompanied kids aged 12 and under – free of charge

EAST STAND

Adult - £23 Senior Citizen - £13 17-18 year old - £12 13-16 year old - £9 Accompanied kids aged 12 and under – free of charge

SSE ORMOND FAMILY STAND

Adult and up to two kids aged 12 and under - £16

Away admission prices

We look forward to welcoming Kilmarnock fans to McDiarmid Park and they’ll be accommodated in the north end of the West (Main) Stand – turnstiles 5, 6 and 7. We’re pleased to advise that the Family Deal (one adult and up to two kids aged 12 and under for only £16) afforded to home fans is also available to away fans – turnstile 5 ONLY.

Other prices:

Adult - £23 Senior Citizen - £13 13 – 18 year old - £12

DISABLED SUPPORTERS (Both clubs)

Wheelchair/ambulant disabled + personal assistant tickets are priced at £14 (price includes PA)