Celtic: Devlin drops free-kick claim

Kieran Devlin has dropped a worrying claim about Celtic’s set-piece defense.

What was said?

In recent comments made after Bhoys’ 3-2 win over Dundee on Saturday, The Athletic reporter said he was confident that despite Celtic doing a good job of dominating possession, if the club failed to improve his defense against dead ball scenarios. , it could well cost the club their chance to reclaim their Premiership crown this season.

Speaking about the Hoops defense from set pieces, Devlin said: “So often they will have total control only for them to concede on a set piece. Dundee only created a 0.14 xG from open play, but that doesn’t matter when you’re so sloppy on defensive set pieces. This could cost them crucial points with the title race so close.

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Crack in the Armor

After looking at the stats, Devlin’s assertion that Celtic simply need to improve their defense against deal-point scenarios would seem very profitable.

Indeed, in Bhoys’ 27 Premiership appearances so far this season, Ange Postecoglou’s side have scored just 17 goals, a rate of just 0.6 goals conceded per game.

However, when breaking down those 17 goals against, one came from a penalty, one came from a break-in, six came from open play and a whopping nine came from set play – meaning that 53% of the goals the Hoops have conceded in the league have come from a dead-ball scenario.

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As such, despite Celtic often dominating possession of the ball – with the Bhoys averaging a 69.9 per cent share of the ball in their 27 Premiership appearances so far this term – as well as conceding an average of just 0.89 xGA per game, it seems like there really is a chink in the Bhoys armor.

It’s a flaw that Postecoglou simply needs to correct if he is to give his side the best possible chance of lifting the Premiership trophy at the end of the campaign.

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