Celtic have been ranked as the cleanest team in the Scottish Premiership in an alternative league table.
How it works is that a foul = one point, a yellow card = four points, and a red card = 10 points. The total points number has then been divided by each team’s games played to come up with an average score.
And, unsurprisingly, it’s Neil Lennon’s Hoops who sit bottom of the table with only one red card, 22 yellow cards, and 194 fouls in 20 matches played. That’s an average of less than 10 fouls per game and a score of 14.6 points.
The only red card Celtic have been shown in the league this season has been for Ryan Christie at Livingston. The table doesn’t include cup competitions, which means that Jeremie Frimpong’s red against Rangers hasn’t been taken into account.
Celtic sit two spots behind Rangers
Speaking of our rivals, they sit two places above us in 10th position. They’ve committed 14 more fouls than us, picking up one more yellow card and two more reds. It’s fair to say that, given the nature of some of their players, those stats should certainly be higher. They average 17.4 points-per-game.
But who was ranked as the Premiership’s “dirtiest” team going by the Scotsman’s table? No surprises to hear that it’s Hearts.
Daniel Stendel’s Jambos, who have spent the majority of the season so far under Craig Levein, have committed an incredible 303 fouls in 21 games played. Their red card total isn’t too bad as it sits at three, but they’ve been flashed 42 times with yellows this season. On average, Hearts earn 23.9 points per game in this table.
Aberdeen, Ross County, and Motherwell make up the rest of the top four, with Livingston and Hamilton Accies finalising the top six. Not many will be surprised to see the likes of the Dons and Motherwell so far up the table.
Hibernian, St Johnstone, and Kilmarnock occupy seventh, eighth, and ninth. St Mirren, meanwhile, are sandwiched in between Rangers and Celtic.
It’s always nice to hear that your side are trying to play football the right way. That’s what this table shows. Of course, it can be spun as though we need to be showing more aggression. However, it shows how much Celtic rely on their footballing ability as opposed to physical tactics.