Goals from everywhere; the Celtic stat that shows Ange's vision has come to life

By Euan Davidson

March 8, 2022

Do you remember when critics said Celtic under Ange Postecoglou were reliant on the goals of Kyogo Furuhashi?

That his absence would derail us, despite a number of excellent contributions from across the Celtic squad? Then, at the weekend, it was presupposed that without Giorgos Giakoumakis, we might struggle? And so on, and so on. Every time Celtic have built up a head of steam, there’s some imaginary barrier standing in the way of progress.

Or so we’re meant to believe.

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Instead, Ange Postecoglou’s vision of a free-scoring Celtic team, with goals from across the park, has indeed come to life. And it might surprise you to know that this season’s crop compare favourably with some notable campaigns.

So far, Celtic have had 21 different players hit the back of the net [Transfermarkt], across all competitions. Kyogo Furuhashi, of course, is top of the pops, having scored 16 since his arrival in the summer. But some unlikely sources have popped up, too.

Anthony Ralston, barely visible last season, has scored 5, the same as Tom Rogic and Daizen Maeda. Nir Bitton and Stephen Welsh have two each to their name. Somewhat surprisingly, neither of Mikey Johnston or Carl Starfelt have scored yet – you’d expect them to grab one by season’s end, depending on fitness.

Now, think of a glorious campaign in Celtic’s recent history, and you’re likely to have memories of the 16-17 campaign. Moussa Dembele, Kieran Tierney, Scott Brown, Scott Sinclair et al contributed to some absolutely magical memories, and an eye-pleasing, high-scoring brand of football.

Yet, that season yielded 17 scorers, with the imperious Dembele grabbing 32 Celtic goals [Transfermarkt]. Memories!

The Celtic support shines again as Ange’s men move one step closer to glory

The Celtic support shines again as Ange’s men move one step closer to glory
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Impressive Celtic goals stat points to progress, but you feel like there’s more to come

Now, that wasn’t to say that this Celtic team are better than the 16-17 edition. We’re not remotely there yet, not in the realms of comparison.

It’s just an interesting comparison. It certainly points in the right direction, too. We’re seeing goals from across the pitch, a multitude of different names on the scoresheet. And there’s a regularity to it, too; only three players of that 21 have scored a single goal.

It’s the reliability of our wingers that’s also notable. Abada and Jota take second and third spots behind Kyogo, respectively. Even though both have had injury worries, or dips in form, they’ve provided consistent scoring from either flank.

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Meanwhile, central midfield players are getting in on the act; Turnbull has 9 goals to his name, Rogic has 5. That’s before we even get to the full-backs, whether it’s Juranovic from the penalty spot, or Ralston cutting inside (or even jumping for headers far away from his right-back position).

Honestly, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Joe Hart got in on the act at some point.

Ange Postecoglou will be delighted to have seen so many Celtic goals from such a variety of sources. And remember, we’re only in March. There’s still plenty of football left, and ample time for lesser-seen faces to make their mark.

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