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Throughout the 2015-16 season we hope to provide regular snapshots of which players are leading the way in the Scottish Championship in a variety of advanced statistics. Quarterly, more in-depth leaderboards will be provided, for both players & teams. Don’t forget to check out our Elo Ratings & Expected v. Actual Points leaderboard pages which will also be updated regularly & can be found at the top of the site.
The minimum minutes played to be considered is 340.
Penalties are not included in goal statistics.
Points per 90 minutes: Liam Henderson, Hibs – the on loan youngster from Celtic has found his form for Hibs & has done more than enough to make the supporters forget about Scott Allan. He has goals in the past two matches, both of which were the first goals of the game, & has also chipped in two assists. Next best: Barrie McKay, Rangers 0.90 & Lee Wallace, Rangers 0.79 Give them more minutes: Jordyn Sheerin, Livingston 1.48 in 61 minutes & Jon Scullion, Morton 1.45 in 62 minutes
Goals per 90 minutes: Lee Wallace, Rangers – what were the odds that Wallace would be among the most prolific goal scorers in the Championship at the beginning of the season? Next best: Jason Cummings, Hibs 0.60 & Iain Russell, Queen of the South 0.52 Give them more minutes: Jordyn Sheerin, Livingston 1.48 & Jon Scullion, Morton 1.45
Assists per 90 minutes: David Smith, Falkirk – for the second straight week the former Hearts’ winger leads the way with three assists in 371 minutes played. So far, he has had a hand in 30% of Falkirk’s goals this season. Next best: Barrie McKay 0.54 & Liam Henderson, Hibs 0.51 Give them more minutes: Romario Sabajo, Morton 0.76 in 118 minutes & Alex Harris, Queen of the South 0.56 in 323 minutes
Expected Goals: Martyn Waghorn, Rangers – while he only has two goals in the run of play during league play, Waghorn is generating more quality chances than anyone else & if he continues his strong play he will soon be slotting home more non-penalty goals. Next best: Jason Cummings, Hibs 2.72 & Denny Johnstone, Morton 2.50
Goal Scoring Efficiency Rating: Jason Cummings, Hibs – this experimental stat, unique to Rangers Report, is explained here & really functions as a way to identify players who are producing the most, relative to the possession trends for their team. The 20-year old may not be a favorite with Rangers supporters, but has proven to be a player who is is among the best in the Championship. Next best: Iain Russell, Queen of the South 0.012, Lee Wallace, Rangers 0.011 & Liam Henderson, Hibs 0.011
Shots per 90 minutes: Martyn Waghorn, Rangers – again the forward continues to prove his value to Rangers success. He has 19 non-penalty shots in seven matches, 37% of which have been on target. Next best: James Tavernier, Rangers 3.58 & Jason Cummings, Hibs 3.42 Give them more minutes: James Keatings, Hibs 5.50 in 131 minutes & Gary Oliver, Queen of the South 4.07 in 199 minutes
Goals minus Expected Goals: Derek Gaston, Morton – This advanced stat for goalkeepers is explained in this introductory post. Gaston has been one of the most effective goalies in the Championship given the sheer volume of shots he’s faced & the lack of goals he’s given up. It’s the basic expectation of a goalie – stop the shots that come at you. He has had 29 shots on target to save & has only given up three goals. Morton has a very offensive approach to its game & Gaston has been the backbone that has kept them in each of their matches this season. Next best: Jamie Langfield, St Mirren -0.07 & Mark Oxley, Hibs 0.34
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