“Post new year lull”? – we look at the numbers

“Post new year lull”? – we look at the numbers
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Joe Aribo of Ranger celebrates with Ianis Hagi of Rangers after he scores his sides third goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Dundee United at Ibrox Stadium on February 21, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With all the talk about Rangers’ post-new year lull, we thought we’d look, statistically, at how accurate that actually was.

As we know the first two seasons Rangers came back from warmer climes in January a shadow of the side which got on the plane before it.

This season the accusations weren’t terribly different – that the team wasn’t doing the business post Yuletide.

Thing is, when you look at the numbers, it’s a load of bllcks.

Rangers have only been marginally less effective for goals scored this year, with quite a few 1-0 wins.

Most significantly we dropped four points up till new year, and this year we’ve dropped… four points.

For the period which matters, which is start of the season till title mathematically secured, Rangers have completely aced the whole campaign.

In short, while we’ve scored a few less goals on average since new year (17 in 11 compared to 56 in 21) the results have been exactly the same.

There actually hasn’t been anything like the new year lull we suffered in previous seasons even if some of the football hasn’t been as sparkling.

Something else to be clear on…

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  1. The Scottish weather does nowt for us over the winter months. Pitches are atrocious across the country, so it’s no surprise that this side who play fast, slick attacking football have struggled to carve open teams the way we were when pitches were slightly better. Beginning to move out of it with regular football every few days should hopefully see this team shift up through the gears again in the coming games.

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