Celtic top Scottish Premiership disciplinary table

By Connor Gordon

January 16, 2019

Celtic are top of the Scottish Premiership disciplinary charts going into the second half of the season.

Data pulled by the Scottish Sun over different categories has the Hoops as the best behaved squad.

The Bhoys are on the least yellow cards, joint least red cards and second bottom on fouls conceded.

Hoops aren’t having a go as figures show

Celtic have conceded two more fouls than bottom placed St Johnstone with 194.

St Johnstone are towering over Celtic by two in the fouls conceded table. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Topping that table are Motherwell with 329 and Rangers are mid-table on 260.

The Celts are on 19 yellow cards this season while Hamilton are on a staggering 47.

When it comes to reds, the Hoops are one of five clubs with one, while Rangers are top with five sending offs.

Alfredo Morelos has had double the red cards Celtic’s whole team have had this season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Two of the Gers’ reds have been Alfredo Morelos against Aberdeen on separate occasions.

These figures come as SPFL referees are under pressure by clubs due to poor performances.

Two ways to look at Celtic disciplinary record

Although Celtic are beating the rest of the league, digging deeper more questions are raised.

The Hoops clearly have the best discipline, but is that making the team easier to play against?

Scottish Premiership teams need some bit of fight in them as is the nature of the league. Other teams could feel that Celtic are a bit softer this season which can affect us mentally.

Scott Brown’s absences this season are arguably pushing Celtic higher up the disciplinary table. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The temporary absence of harder players such as Scott Brown this season could skew this figures slightly.

One criticism towards Celtic in their last match against Rangers was that they lost the battle on the pitch. These games are wars and the battles must be won in order to guide the team to victory.

It will be interesting to see if these figures change at the end of the season as games heat up.

Struggling teams like Hamilton committing fouls may be corresponding with their run this season.

However, if Celtic win the Scottish Premiership and are still most disciplined, there could be something to these figures.