A report today shows a stat that has Celtic ranked as the cleanest team in the Scottish Premiership.
Four Four Two today released a variety of interesting stats about our Premiership season so far. This varied from the most clinical team in the league to the most dirty.
There were certainly a few surprises in the report too. The first one being the fact that Hamilton are apparently the most clinical team in the league! They average 5.4 shots per goal, whilst we sit just behind them with 5.8.
However, perhaps the most pleasing stat was the fact that Celtic are the cleanest team in the league when it comes to fouls committed.
So far this season, Celtic have averaged 9.4 fouls per match. That’s the lowest across the board. It’s no surprise to see that Hearts top the table for the dirtiest side with an average of 13.8 per game. Behind them are physical outfits such as Aberdeen, Livingston, and Motherwell respectively. Rangers sit three places above us on 11.1 for fouls committed.
Celtic’s dominance laid bare
Four Four Two have also highlighted that Celtic apparently spend over 60% of their matches this season in a winning position. This is a real nod to the work Neil Lennon has done at Parkhead, as our dominance of Scottish football continues.
Then again, when it comes to the most efficient goalscorers, there’s a bit of an odd league table forming. Odsonne Edouard, Scotland’s best striker, isn’t in the top 10. Alfredo Morelos also isn’t there. Instead? It’s Hamilton Accies’ George Oakley who apparently averages 1.5 shots before he scores.
Then again, the fact he only has four goals this season combined with the fact that Accies aren’t known for their creativity, may just be factors.
Celtic are still represented in the top 10 list for fewest shots taken per goal. Ryan Christie sits eighth on 3.7, whilst Mohamed Elyounoussi is a place below on 3.8. Fine margins indeed.
If anything, these stats are proof that you can always twist things to suit an argument in football. Oakley is by far the best striker or most clinical in Scottish football, for example.
One stat you can’t twist, however, is how many fouls a team has averaged. And from a Celtic perspective, it’s no surprise to see us ranked as the cleanest in the league.