Rangers v Celtic (Sat Jan 2nd 2021)
Updated: Mar 3, 2021
Rangers 1 (McGregor OG 70)
Bitton sent off after 62mins.
Celtic had an NP xG of 1.36 while Rangers NP xG was 1.12 indicating there wasn't much in the game despite it looking like Celtic had control.
Celtic had 14 shots with 3 being on target. Possession was 49% with 623 touches. Celtic had 6 corners and touches in the box were 21. Total Passes were 411 with a Passing accuracy of 74%. Celtic had 21 crosses. Possession in the final third was 32% and Celtic passes in the final third were 166.
Celtic's possession was 51% before the sending off so the sending off didn't have a big impact on Celtic's possession.
Ajer was Celtic's best player due to his stats. He had 77 touches (most of any Celtic player), 64 passes, 84% pass rate, 5 aerials won, 4 tackles won, 2 interceptions and had 11 recoveries.
Jullien was out injured due to an injury in the last game versus Dundee Utd and Forrest was still unavailable. Bitton came in to replace him.
Celtic lined up with;
- Frimpong, Bitton, Ajer and Laxalt
- Christie, Turnbull and McGregor
- Edouard and Griffiths
Brown, Bitton, Ajeti, Rogic and Elyounoussi came on as subs.
Key note - The NP xG of 1.36 versus 1.12 shows that the dominance wasn't as dangerous as it looked.