Celtic have now become the leading goalscorers in Europe after last night’s success.
RB Salzburg, who have led the way for some time, have a +48 score, with Celtic sitting a goal behind heading into last night’s game against St Johnstone (Scottish Sun).
Goals from Olivier Ntcham, James Forrest, and Leigh Griffiths put the Saints to the sword. Those goals boosted our goals scored record to 64, and when you take away the 14 we’ve conceded in the league this season, we now sit as Europe’s best when it comes to goal difference.
Celtic also pushed further ahead of rivals Rangers last night in goal difference too. We now sit six goals ahead of Steven Gerrard’s side, as we look to push ahead in both points and goals.
Looking at some of the other tables in Europe, it’s certainly impressive work by the Hoops to reach the top. Real Madrid are on +26, whilst runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool are still nine goals behind us on +41.
It’s all relative – making it more impressive
Sure, there is no denying that there are better leagues than the Scottish Premiership, but it’s all relative. The likes of Liverpool, PSG, Real Madrid etc have all spent a lot more than us on the teams they’ve respectively assembled.
Even the likes of Ajax, who are the best team in the Eredivisie, have only managed to accumulate a goal difference of +42. We can’t underestimate just how free-scoring we’ve been this season.
Despite our defensive lapses in recent games, we’ve still only lost 14 goals in the league. That’s less than clubs such as Liverpool, RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, and RB Salzburg to name a small handful.
It really does put our season into perspective and the progress we’ve made under Neil Lennon. At this time last year, Celtic were sitting with a goal difference of +41 having scored 55 goals. Interestingly, however, we were also sitting at 14 goals conceded – the same as this year.
If there is one thing you can’t accuse the Celtic manager of, it’s taking goals out of the team. Celtic are looking in good form since their return from the winter break in particular, having scored 11 goals in their first four matches upon returning.
Granted, we may not stay the goal-difference kings of Europe when the season comes to an end, but it’s vindication of the work currently being done at the club.