'Here's the aPoints table' - Rangers fans slaughter Celtic over desperate 'xPoints' table
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'Here's the aPoints table' - Rangers fans slaughter Celtic over desperate 'xPoints' table

The rise on analytics in football over the last decade has changed the game drastically with all sorts of new metrics driving teams forward – but Rangers fans on Twitter have been left buckled after Celtic fans claimed one metric (xPoints) has them top of the Premiership table.

While Gio van Bronckhorst’s side sit six points clear of their title rivals going into the final games before the winter break, it looks as though winning actual points in games may prove fruitless.

Whatever you think about the use of data in football now, sometimes it can distort the reality of what is going on and while it definitely has a place, nonsense like xPoints is about as much use as a ticket to Celtic’s ten in a row title party.

Rangers could go into the winter break as many as nine points clear of their nearest rivals and, despite the ‘stats’ saying otherwise, there is no doubt over who is top of the Premiership at the halfway point.

While Celtic fans lapped up their latest imaginary win, Rangers fans were in stitches as they enjoyed a good laugh to start off their Christmas Eve.

Here are some of the comments from Rangers fans on Twitter who were quick to highlight the actual points won so far rather than the make-believe ones:

https://twitter.com/IbroxGRFC/status/1474299421684912129
https://twitter.com/_kaijeffrey/status/1474297835046817841
https://twitter.com/HullLoyalRSC/status/1474302349330075702
https://twitter.com/ggh1992/status/1474292895691821070

Meanwhile, before taking any transfers into account Rangers could have up to six players ruled out of the rearranged Old Firm derby with Celtic in February.