The global yardstick that shows Celtic's impressive development under Ange Postecoglou
It has been an impressive year for Ange Postecoglou and his Celtic side, picking up the Scottish Premiership trophy and the Premier Sports cup.
Not only have the Hoops’ results been impressive across the campaign, but also the style in which they have won those games.
Ange Postecoglou has got straight to work and laid down his philosophy on this team within 12 months of being in the job.
One key aspect that comes with ‘Angeball’, as the Celtic support like to call it, is playing out from the back.
Despite doubts at the start of the season for the likes of Joe Hart and Carl Starfelt in this system, every player has had a crucial part to play in Celtic’s success in building up to attacks.
It is even more impressive that this Celtic side, statistically, is now one of the leading teams in the world when it comes to playing out from the back.
As reported by the Herald, statistics from the CIES Football Observatory show that Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart ranks just 4th place, behind shot-stoppers from PSG, Hamburg and Silkeborg, when it comes to playing the ball short out of defence.
The Englishman plays just 13.1% of his passes long per game, fewer than the likes of Manchester City stopper, Ederson (14.1%).
Hart is also over 10% ahead of his closest rival in Scotland, Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor who plays 24.3% of his passes long per game.
It’s become a style unique to Celtic in Scotland.
Joe Hart has proved many of his doubters wrong up and down the country.
During Hart’s illustrious career of winning trophies south of the border, the one negative that came from his time with his former side Manchester City was his ability to play with the ball at his feet.
Famously, Pep Guardiola quickly got rid of the ex England number one for that exact season.
Of course, City were looking to play this sort of system at the very top level. But, it does go to show how you can teach an old dog new tricks in football.
At 35, Hart has rejuvenated his football career at Celtic, and from his comments in the media, you can tell he is loving every minute of it.
Ange Postecoglou has mentioned on several occasions how this is just the beginning for his Celtic side, and there is even more to come.
Statistics like this should fill fans with even more excitement, considering how quickly the 56-year old has got to work on imprinting this system into the club.