Thursday, 5 April 2018

Think Rangers have progressed? THIS appalling stat proves otherwise

In the last seven matches, Celtic have picked up 12 points of a possible 21.

Read that again. Of seven SPL matches in a row, Celtic have only won 3.

Nothing else sums up how poor Celtic have been this season, and what a travesty Rangers’ decision making has been that could otherwise have won this league.

It’s all ifs and buts, of course, but for the latest dropping of points Dundee went to Parkhead and held out for 0-0. And when we look at how far behind Rangers are, it is absolutely excruciating to think what might have been with better managerial appointments and better signings.

Last summer not a single penny spent was good money, other than Daniel Candieas and maybe Alfredo Morelos. Of £10M+, only two good players arrived. Otherwise the disappointing Bruno Alves, the weak Fabio Cardoso, the underwhelming Graham Dorrans, the horrendous Eduardo Herrera and the comically out of sorts Carlos Pena.

Meanwhile Ryan Jack struggled to mentally cope with playing for Rangers, Dalcio was horrific and Aaron Nemane was a borderline joke signing.

Plus of course the appointment of Pedro, the McInnes debacle then the Murty shambles.

All while Celtic were tripping up constantly in easily the worst season they have had since 2012.

Yet they’re still miles ahead of Rangers.

Rangers’ own diabolically poor signings, appointments and mismanagement has cost this club a real crack at the title. Look what canny management has done for Killie – they’re, form wise, the best team in Scotland now!

Expectation is higher at Ibrox, and Rangers seem incapable of getting anything right and taking advantage of weakness elsewhere.

True, the gap to Celtic is not the 30+ points it was last season – BECAUSE CELTIC ARE SO BAD. We have not improved one bit.

After 32 matches last season Celtic had 90 points. Now they have 72. We had 59 this time last season. Guess what. 59 this. Celtic are 18 points worse off, we are in exactly the same position.

And we will continue as long as Rangers keep making bad decisions on and off the pitch.


  1. It is truly disappointing that our points total is either no or little better than last year (on like-for-like fixtures I make us 2 points better - not much progress).

    What is striking is the comparison of goals scored and conceded in the 32 games (like-for-like opposition). This year we have scored 63 compared with 45 in the corresponding fixtures last year - and we are top scorers in the league, even above Celtic. So our attack does not seem to be the problem.

    In defence, however, we have conceded 38 this year, compared to 34 in the corresponding fixtures last year. Our goals conceded for 2017-18 is worse than Celtic 20, Hearts 30, Aberdeen 34, Hibs 34 and the same as Kilmarnock (38). Last year we knew a defence with Rob Kiernan at its heart was an accident waiting to happen. We have gone backwards since then.

    By comparison, in our last 3 years in the Premiership before the fall, after 32 games we had conceded 22, 28 and 24 goals - ten to sixteeen fewer goals than this season. The management MUST sort this out in the summer.

    1. We have scored 18 more than last season and conceded 4 more. That seems like progress to me. And you can't compare anything to before 2012 - don't be ridiculous!!

  2. Read this, 2 defeats in 2 seasons, we continue.

    1. Plenty of defeats next season don't worry. Still obsessed by the Gers though I see......

  3. Lies, damn lies, and statistics! Off course we've improved. Not there yet but no question we have got better. About time we just started supporting the team. Glory days will return. Look at the Old Firm history. Ups and downs. Our time will come again soon. Be patient.

  4. While I would agree that many of last summer's buys have not met expectations, or value for the money spent, I would note
    -The board spent the money. Bad mistake on the manager, but they backed him
    -I don't think anybody thought Jack was a bad buy on a free last summer
    -Dorrans was doing very well in attacking midfield until injured
    -I think "maybe Alfredo Morelos" is harsh. £1M for constant workrate, lots of goals and a definite healthy sell on profit is better than maybe.

    I agree with all the other assessments though. Didn't realise we have made no progress. Another nail in the coffin for Murty? But there were a lot out of contract last summer. Not this year. We can't afford to pay people to go away, so some cute work ahead for our DoF, Allen
    But I think that if we fixed central defence, a lot of other issues would fix themselves. Wouldn't say no to one serious CB, mid to late 20s. A leader to take over and run the penalty box. Add another young guy like Cipre at Motherwell or the Aberdeen boy to Bates and McCrorie and we are done. If too many injuries in CDM, McCrorie can move forward to cover. Ryan Jack and Halliday as cover for RB and LB.
    We have some fantastic kids coming through who need bench time then game time. Middleton, Burt, Barjonas, etc, etc, etc. I would look give Hardie a 2 year final chance, take McBurnie on a free and that should do us.

  5. Celtic have been playing fringe players in a lot of games and no doubt would have up their performance if the sensed any sort of challenge from us or anyone else. We are still miles behind them and will need a smart manager to come in and work some magic to get us in shape to have a real go next season. We cant afford another experiment and in my opinion FDB would fall into this category.

  6. Yes 59 points suggests no improvement. However, it's not as simple as Celtic being worse. The whole league as practically improved. Motherwell, killie, hearts have all improved & hibs have come up and been far better than caley were last season.


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