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.
@TheGersReport returns to do a deep dive on data from the 2017-18 season to see if we can use stats to identify playmakers whose passing actually makes teammates better. The outliers had names we would expect along with a few surprises.
Heart of Midlothian specialise in dead ball situations, and in this article Blair Newman analyses their most intriguing and consistently used routines.
Derek McInnes has been criticised in the past for shoehorning defensive-minded players into his team in the ‘bigger’ games. Recent months has seen a departure from that arguably protectionist outlook, and the re-introduction of Greg Stewart seems to have emboldened that even further.
Hamilton battled to a 1-1 draw against Dundee in new manager Brian Rice’s first match in charge. Blair Newman took a look at the tactics the new Accies manager employed and how they differ from his predecessor Martin Canning. Could these change in tactics help Hamilton stay up this season?
Jordan Campbell takes a look at Celtic’s new signing Vakoun Issouf Bayo. A player who has set the Slovak league alight.
Jamie Kilday looks at the age profile of SPFL Premiership clubs using players Peak Age’s for their positions.
Blair Newman takes a tactical look at how teams pressed in the derbies in Glasgow and Edinburgh, what each winning team did well, and what their opponents can do better next time.
St. Johnstone have seemed to pick up the nickname “Sexy St. Johnstone” so far this season and much of it is due to the play of new signing Matty Kennedy.
@fitbainscotland looks at whether the imminent arrival of David Vanecek at Hearts further indicates that there are calculated risks to be taken by looking further a field?
@TheGersReport revisits some of the forward prospects touted by his Age-Adjusted goal rates to find that some Scottish Premiership clubs may be missing out on a new generation of goal scorers.
@TheGersReport examination of the passing stats for the centre backs for both Rangers & Celtic in Europa League play has one clear outlier & it’s Connor Goldson.
Scott Sinclair has seemingly regressed each season at Celtic. Can the Englishman still contribute to the Bhoys domestically and in Europe?
Which of the top goal scorers should see their rates continue? Which players may go awhile without scoring again? Who’s not on this list, but may very well be very soon? @TheGersReport attempts to figure it all out.
@TheGersReport releases his weekly Projected League Table & uses it as an opportunity to look for ways in which Jim McIntyre may be able to salvage Dundee’s chances of staying up this season