St Johnstone can handle the heat in Armenia - Tommy Wright

Joe Shaughnessy (right) battles with former club Aberdeen in Sunday's friendly
St Johnstone defender Joe Shaughnessy (right) battles with former club Aberdeen in Sunday's friendly

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright is confident the 6,000 mile round trip to Armenia will not faze his side in their Europa League tie with Alashkert.

The Perth men will also have to deal with temperatures that are expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius on Thursday.

"You're in football for the experiences," Wright told BBC Scotland.

"Everyone's looking at the negatives of a six hour trip and starting back early, but we're in this position because we've been successful."

St Johnstone are in the first qualifying round virtue of finishing fourth in the Scottish Premiership last season, the fourth year in a row they have qualified for Europe.

"We're delighted and proud to be going out and representing Perth and Scotland," said Wright.

"It's a tie that on paper we could and should win, but games aren't played on paper. We'll have some to overcome some difficulties out there in terms of the heat, but we had experience of that last year in Luzern. If we play well on the day we can get through the tie.

"We've prepared for it well, we've had a good pre-season. We're looking forward to getting started even though it is an early start. We've got good resources and managed to watch a lot of their games.

"The unfortunate thing is they've made seven changes to their team, but again most of the players have come from one club, from Mika, and we've been able to watch them."

St Johnstone were knocked out by FC Minsk in 2013/14, and Spartak Trnava last season
St Johnstone were knocked out by minnows FC Minsk in 2013/14, and Spartak Trnava last season

Both Chris Millar and Graham Cummins will not make the trip due to injury, though Steven Anderson has handed his manager a boost by declaring himself fit.

If Saints can avoid defeat they will stretch their undefeated run away from home in Europe to five, which has included positive results against the much more fancied Rosenborg, and FC Luzern last season.

Full-back Tam Scobbie said: We've watched some videos. We've seen their last four or five games, but it's unknown territory. We'll prepare as much as possible when we're over there and hopefully that will stand us in good stead.

"It's going to be quite hot and we know that's going to be a factor. We've been in this position before.

"Our away form has been fantastic in Europe and hopefully we can continue that and bring a good result back to McDairmid."

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