The two Celtic players that top scouting index; it's not Kyogo and Jota

By Euan Davidson

November 9, 2021

If you were scouting Celtic players this season, who’d be your top two; Kyogo and Jota? Joe Hart and Callum McGregor? Hoopy the Huddle Hound and Albian Ajeti?

All good choices. But InStat, the scouting tool used by Carlo Ancelotti and Rafa Benitez, have Anthony Ralston and Cameron Carter-Vickers as the two top-rated stars of the Scottish Premiership.

InStat uses an algorithm to ascertain “player’s contribution to the team’s success”, the league they play in, and the significance of their actions during a match. For example, the tackles they make, the goals they score, their pass completion, and so on.

Erling Haaland tops the InStat Football Index with a score of 414, given his importance to Borussia Dortmund, his goals and his overall performance. Elsewhere in the top 5, you have Mo Salah, Lewandowski, Rodri and João Cancelo [Football Index].

In terms of Scotland, though, it’s Ralston and Carter-Vickers who top the leader board. Ralston has a score of 315, underlining his importance to Celtic under Ange Postecoglou.

Carter-Vickers, meanwhile, outranks his fellow loanee, João Filipe or – to you and I – Jota. That’s due to his goal-preventing actions, his goal contributions, and performances since joining Celtic.

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Interestingly, Japanese sensation Kyogo Furuhashi is joint-14th. Meanwhile in the CIES Football Observatory and InStat Performance Atlas, Celtic are fourth in terms of possession, out of all European clubs.

Celtic players top scouting index for Scottish Premiership, while impact of Postecoglou speaks volumes

If you want to get even further into the weeds with stats, Celtic are one of the highest-ranked European clubs in terms of accurate passes, as well as shots on target per game.

What does this actually mean? It means that Celtic are creating opportunities through accurate passing movements, are dominating teams and peppering the goal with pinpoint attempts. You could’ve seen that without the numbers, though.

As for Ralston and Carter-Vickers? In Ralston’s case, his renaissance is well-known. Not only does he look like twice, or even thrice the player he was, the numbers back it up. He’s objectively one of our most important players, perhaps the most important.

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Carter-Vickers, meanwhile, continues to build his case for a permanent signing. The Tottenham loanee has added calm and technical skill to a back-line that sorely needed it.

Are the likes of Ancelotti and Benitez, users of InStat, likely to be knocking on Celtic Football Club’s door after scouting Ralston? Probably not.

But it’s extremely impressive that a player we’d collectively written off is now so valuable.

Read more: Why Celtic are about to get even more exciting after the international break

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