(Kyogo 44 and 56)
Celtic's best spell for xG was in the 31st to 45th minute where they had 4 shots with Rangers having 1. Rangers best spell was 61 to 75 minutes where they had 4 shots to Celtic's 1.
In total both Celtic and Rangers had 11 shots but Celtic had 5 on target and Rangers just the one.
In my match preview I mentioned that PPDA was an interesting stat and that Celtic generally had a better PPDA than Rangers.
3 exceptions included the two big winning victories at Celtic Park and these numbers would have been influenced by the fact the game was won early. The other game that was in the exceptions was last season's cup semi.
I also highlighted the PPDA in the first 15 minutes and you can see Celtic starting the games strongly. Also the best PPDAs in the above chart (in the first 15 minutes) are from those two big winning victories with PPDAs of 4.71 and 4.29.
The PPDA from yesterday's final was 6.34 for Celtic and 11.26 for Rangers with Celtic's for the first 15 minutes at 3.71. So Rangers making 3.71 passes for every Celtic defensive action.
I did mention that the losing team generally had the most possession but yesterday Celtic had the most possession with 56%.
Celtic had 495 passes and Rangers had 369. Passing accuracy was 85.3% for Celtic and 81.8% for Rangers with Celtic's best and worst spells matching the xG spells above. Celtic had 89% passing accuracy in the 31 to 45 minute period and 78% in the 60 to 75 minute period.
8.5% of Celtic's passes were long balls compared to 16.8% for Rangers. Celtic did use the long ball tactic a bit more near the end of the game and long ball % was 14.6% for the last 15 minutes of the game.
Celtic's average pass length was 16.3 metres with Rangers average pass length being 21.3 metres.
Celtic lined up with;
Johnston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt and Taylor
Mooy, McGregor and Hatate
Jota, Kyogo and Maeda
Celtic's heat map opposite and you can see as usual it was left sided dominant.
Celtic had two changes from last week's game against Aberdeen. O'Riley and Oh dropping to the bench and Mooy and Kyogo coming back in to the team. Turnbull came back into the squad with Forrest and Bernabei dropping out the squad altogether.
Abada, O'Riley, Iwata, Oh and Haksabanovic came on as subs for Jota, Mooy, Kyogo, Hatate and Maeda.
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