It could be argued that another midfielder was the least pressing issue for Rangers, but with the signing of Charlton’s Joe Aribo imminent, Jordan looks at why he is stylistically suited to filling the skillset required and other possible signings for Rangers.
Inspired by the stereotypical Da’s thoughts on the matter, @thebackpassrule dives into what the data says about the risk when goalkeepers play a pass short versus going long.
David Turnbull’s recent signing with Celtic has thrust him into the spotlight as one of the most promising young Scottish players in years. The numbers have loved him for a couple of years now…here’s an ode to an analytics love affair between a player & the spreadsheets.
@TheGersReport shares a team-by-team breakdown of shot suppression stats for the centre backs in the Scottish Premiership. The outliers for each team show which centre-backs are doing a better job of suppressing chances & which ones are being exploited by their opposition.
@TheGersReport introduced his variation of an ongoing Projected League Table this season that would offer weekly predictions of what each club’s point total would be at the end of the season. Now that the season is over, let’s see when on the calendar the Projections got it right for each club.
Rangers proved that sometimes persistence is key as a previously unsuccessful system worked perfectly against a Celtic side out of ideas. A tactical breakdown of the final Old Firm game of the season.
Christian Wulff introduces Modern Fitba’s newest advanced stat for Scottish football, identifying which players excel at moving the ball into the most dangerous areas on the pitch.
Once thought of only as a squad player, Callum McGregor has used his versatility to become one of the best players in the SPFL Premiership.
@TheGersReport looks at which players are truly giving their teams the best chance of winning with their play making, both from open play & via set pieces. It’s a mix of names we’d expect, some up & coming youngsters & a few surprises.
With the gap in revenue for football clubs in Scotland and bigger leagues in Europe growing, the focus on youth development becomes even more vital. Are Scottish clubs playing their young players enough and could Celtic and Rangers be doing more to develop young players?
Using our updated data, we examine statistics that help identify trends in how SPFL Premiership clubs play.
@TheGersReports applies Relative Shot Creation Passing stats to identify the most impactful midfielders & wingers in the Scottish Premiership this season. Additionally, he identifies which midfielders have had the least impact on their team’s build-up to shots.
The forth article in a series using possession data to normalise stats, Jamie looks at the rate Scottish Premiership sides lose and regain possession.
@TheGersReport tracks the first pass made by Rangers players in their draw with Hibernian & the results highlight the isolated impact Glen Kamara had on dictating the tempo in the match. Additionally, it’s another indictment of Connor Goldson’s ability to impact Rangers transitional game.
Heckingbottom has enjoyed a strong start to life in Edinburgh, and his ability to alter tactics mid-game to rescue a point in this particular clash should give fans hope for the rest of the campaign.
Back in the summer of 2017, @TheGersReport introduced his first set of rankings of young forward prospects in Scottish football. He used Age Adjusted Goal output from the Development League to determine the rankings, with Oli Shaw leading the way. Now nearly two years later, it’s time to see what has happened to the others on the list.
@TheBackPassRule looks to see what stats we can use to identify center backs who can both pass and defend in the SPFL Premiership.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard said there were no “Rangers performances” against St Johnstone after his side drew 0-0 at Ibrox on Saturday. Jordan Campbell looks at What is a ‘Rangers performance’? and how did St Johnstone manage to stifle Rangers?
@TheGersReport borrows a Team Rating system from the hockey analytics world & applies it to the Scottish Premiership. It adjusts results to factor in a team’s strength of schedule & the results flagged Motherwell as a team that has thrived recently by playing weaker opposition.