Rangers’ stats against Celtic haven’t been all that impressive in recent years, but does this one suggest they’re better on the eye?
Much has been made of Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic team over the last two years. Winning back-to-back trebles has brought praise from all quarters.
Yet, it appears that the Parkhead side are suffering from downsizing consistently during the transfer windows. Losing their star-striker Moussa Dembele appears to have hit them hard, and Rangers fans can be confident their club is getting closer to Rodgers’ men.
But there’s one stat that suggests that Rangers are actually a better side to watch than Celtic.
Of the opening five league fixtures of the season, the Gers have double the amount of goals that Brendan Rodgers’ side have. With all of the praise Celtic have had in recent years, this is such a morale-boosting stat for Gers supporters.
A wind of change
There does feel like there’s a shift in the air in Glasgow these days. Celtic’s 0-0 draw at St Mirren was followed up by a ruthless 4-0 dismantling of Dundee by Steven Gerrard’s men. Whilst the manager wasn’t overly-pleased with the nature of the win, supporters certainly were.
The nature of Rangers’ win is something Celtic haven’t had in quite a while. Celtic’s pedestrian league performances are the polar opposite of what Rangers produced on Saturday.
Granted, Rangers did lose the first Old Firm game of the season. But that doesn’t matter if Rangers can grab consistency elsewhere.
There’s clearly massive scoring potential in this Rangers side, and it’s being proven in the way they’re winning football matches. Three goals at Fir Park, three at Rugby Park, and now four at Ibrox shows how ruthless Rangers can be.
Their success has still been built on defensive resilience, and the back-line were in fine form once more on Saturday. If Gerrard can get consistency at both ends of the park, they’re in for a hugely successful campaign.
For now, supporters can enjoy that stat, as Rangers are firing where Celtic are toiling.