STEVE LOMAS will look to the skies in more ways than one as St Johnstone attempt to rescue their Europa League dream tonight.
The Perth men are 2-0 down to Eskisehirspor after last week's first leg in Turkey, with the prize of a third-round qualifier against French giants Marseille awaiting the winners at McDiarmid Park.
Last week's tie was played out in searing temperatures and Lomas is hoping tonight's return can be equally uncomfortable for the visitors.
"We're looking for a monsoon, with a bit of sleet," he joked.
"The heat was a factor over there and it would be nice if they could turn up to some traditional Scottish weather. A bit of wind, hail and rain would be welcome."
The goals Saints lost in Turkey both came via deflections, with Lomas describing them as "two very cruel misfortunes".
He added: "I still feel the lads have got a lot to play for. The dilemma is going for it and not leaving yourself open to that away goal that would really make it a tall order."
Skipper Dave Mackay remains a fitness worry, but he said: "I'm getting there. It's down to the gaffer whether I play or not. These are exciting times to be back in Europe."
Summer signing Gregory Tade will lead the line after missing last week with a hamstring problem.