Ibrox Noise regulars will know we do like our stats, and it’s fascinating to look at numbers in general, and we can now properly bring you exactly the impact of Philippe Clement at Ibrox since his debut against Hibernian in October.
It’s really very simple:
If we divide the SPL up into pre-PC and post-PC, the post-PC numbers confirm Rangers are now, in every single respect bar one, the best team in Scotland.
Taking into account that game in hand, the league from Hibs forward shows Rangers on 43 points, Celtic on 39, and a GD of +30 to Celtic’s +26.
We have conceded 5 less with 7 shipped, and scored just one shy of Celtic’s 38.
The most basic numbers? Won 14 of 16, one draw and one loss.
Celtic have won 12 of 17, drawing three losing two.
It is there in black and white that since Philippe Clement took over, Rangers are notably the best in Scotland by a margin of 4 points.
Win v County and it rises to 7 points.
So you’ll want to see pre-PC too….
We trailed after 8 matches by 7 points (don’t know why some punters keep claiming it was an 8 point gap) scoring 13 goals and conceding 5. Celtic’s GD was +14 to our +8. We’d won 5 of 8 and lost 3. Celtic had won 7 and drawn just one.
In simple terms the man has overhauled a 7 point deficit to a 7 point lead if we separate pre-PC and post-PC and the pressure on Celtic has caused them to flail.
In real terms that means not only quashing their lead and resetting the table, but overturning the goal difference as well.
The impact of Clement has been gargantuan. He’s taken Beale’s absolutely hapless squad and had an even bigger impact than Walter did in 2007.
Clement is on the verge of going ahead of Celtic inside March and not even Walter was able to do that, albeit he came back in January. He wasn’t able to close Celtic’s gap in the way Clement has.
The Belgian has caused a complete sea-change in Scottish football – Rangers are now definitively the best team in the country and the stats show that clearly.
What matters, of course, is continuing that, of keeping that going, because you don’t win the league with half a season.
And also it’s worth noting the Belgian did fall short at Parkhead, one of his two major blots as well as Pittodrie.
But… continue what he’s been doing since October overall and yes, Rangers will 100% win the league. The stats just don’t lie.