Celtic’s goalscoring form this season continued its relentless nature tonight against Partick Thistle.
Neil Lennon’s Hoops side dismantled Thistle 5-0 at Parkhead in another heavy victory. The result sees Celtic head to Hampden for their 13th visit out of a possible 13 in recent years.
10 of those trips was under former manager Brendan Rodgers, who won seven out of nine trophies in the treble-treble run. However, when you compare the goalscoring form from this time last year, it shows incredible improvement.
At this exact same stage in the campaign last season, Celtic netted 25 times. Six of those goals came in their six Premiership matches under Rodgers.
However, Lennon is putting those numbers to shame this season so far. Incredibly, Celtic have now scored 26 goals more than they did at this point last term. As it stands, we’ve found the back of the net 51 times, with a staggering 21 of those goals have come in our six league matches.
Overall, that means that we’ve managed to score 15 more goals in league duty than we did at this stage last season.
Stunning stats from Lennon that deserve praise
Fair enough, we all acknowledge that we were poor to start off last season. We were struggling to create chances, and it’s by no means the standard we should expect at Parkhead.
However, the sheer size of the improvement in terms of stats reads extremely well for Lennon. Rodgers was known for playing a swashbuckling style of football. But compared to last season, his side aren’t anywhere near as exciting as our current team.
Out of Rodgers’ 16 games in charge by this stage last season, he managed to win 10 of them. We suffered three defeats and three draws during that run.
As for Lennon? He’s won 14 of his matches as Celtic manager this season alone, losing just one game to Cluj last month. This has also included fine results at the likes of AIK, Rangers, and Rennes respectively.
We can all debate about the standard of Lennon compared to Rodgers. Everyone will have their own view on who is the better manager. Rodgers’ success here can’t be denied, and neither can his fine start to his Leicester City tenure.
But it shows that everything has improved under Lennon when you compare things to last year. So far, he’s proving all of his doubters wrong.