Mind The Gap-It's Closer Than You Think!
Morning,all. As it’s my turn to right the article today,prepare for another full-on rant! On second thoughts,I’ll save it till Thursday-I’m never in a good mood on a Thursday anyway,so I’ll be right in the mood for one! Instead,here’s something to make you think from our Antipodean Correspondent…
Plentiful pish has been scrawled and scribbled about Celtic’s and Rangers’ respective squad strengths, signing policies generally and also signings from window to window.
The prevailing narrative is that TRFC simply sign oodles of old lags, while CFC only secures the signatures of promising young colts, like Patryck for example.
To the uninformed, The The Rangers have signed anybody and everybody which results in a bloated, unsustainable squad, while Celtic have managed their assets (no sniggering at the back) to a much more manageable figure, right?
It’s also claimed that Celtic’s average player age is far, far younger than their Ibrox counterparts, with the inference that CFC’s recruitment policies are better managed than their cross-town nemesis.
Well, even a cursory look at some online databases presents a few surprises:
- The average age of the Rangers squad is 27. Here at Celtic it’s 25.3.
- The teams both have equal numbers of ‘foreigners’ at 21.
- Celtic has 12 international players
- TRFC has 9 international players.
- The value of Rangers squad is approx 48million euros
- The value of Celtic’s squad is approx 90million euros
- They have 29 in their squad,we have 33.
So while many of the squad metrics are actually a lot closer than might be believed, there is an equally interesting match-up off-the-field of play.
The The Rangers coaching team has an average age of 44
Here at Paradise, our coaching average is 41.
The much derided Gerrard and McAllister combo has experience of the very highest levels of the game; have played, between them, many more high level and varied opposition games that the ‘Tic’s coaching staff. More, their up-and-coming coach Mr Beale has been extensively travelled in his tutelage while our youngest JK has earned his stripes ‘within the company’.
Despite Celtic supporters feeling good that our club signs younger players who are ultimately worth more, the gap in player ages is evidently smaller than many think. While we seem better off by many measures, their coaching bench appears equally more seasoned in terms of big game exposure (and their in-game strategies seem wilier?)
Another weird statistical observation…in the last game of 2019, TRFC was more experienced (by age and games played) in 9 out of 11 positions on the playing pitch.
No coincidence that so many Hoops fans are instinctively craving more seasoned pro’s to beef up our playing contingent and add more game cunning to the Hoops line-up.
Above article by LIBERO. Delighted as always to publish the observations of a contributor as Article of the Day. Anyone can try it-write it down,mail it to Mahe