Rangers Statistical Breakdown: Goals & those who created them

written by – Rangers Report

This will be the first in a series of posts that will present the plethora of statistics that I have compiled to can be used to evaluate Rangers performers this season.  First, we will begin with the sexiest of stats – goals & those who creates them.

Here are the final results for goals, primary assists (the pass that set up the goal), & secondary assists (the pass to the player who got the primary assist).   Only non-penalty goals are accounted for – so Martyn Waghorn’s eight penalty goals & Andy Halliday’s one – are not included in these numbers.

All stats in this post are from league games only.

Player Non-Penalty Goals Primary Assists Secondary Assist Points (G+A) Points (G+A+2ndA)
James Tavernier 10 15 3 25 28
Kenny Miller 14 4 8 18 26
Barrie McKay 6 8 10 14 24
Martyn Waghorn 12 6 4 18 22
Jason Holt 10 4 6 14 20
Lee Wallace 7 7 2 14 16
Andy Halliday 4 3 5 7 12
Nathan Oduwa 1 3 4 4 8
Dean Shiels 2 1 3 3 6
Harry Forrester 4 1 1 5 6
Nicky Law 1 1 2 2 4
Billy King 1 3 0 4 4
Michael O’Halloran 3 1 0 4 4
Nicky Clark 2 1 0 3 3
Gedion Zelalem 0 2 1 2 3
Danny Wilson 1 0 1 1 2
Rob Kiernan 0 0 1 0 1
Dominic Ball 0 0 1 0 1
Tom Walsh 0 0 0 0 0
David Templeton 0 0 0 0 0
Fraser Aird 0 0 0 0 0
Jordan Thompson 0 0 0 0 0
Liam Burt 0 0 0 0 0
  • Rangers core of Waghorn, James Tavernier, Kenny Miller, Barrie McKay, Jason Holt & Lee Wallace accounted for 75% of the goals scored.
  • James Tavernier had a hand in 35% of Rangers goals with either a goal, primary assist or secondary assist.
  • Of the 23 players who saw first team minutes, only five did not register a single point.

Of course, not everyone had the opportunity to play in every match & while looking through seasonal data – that lead to some oversight of very strong performances.  For more explanation of this, Ben Pugsley addressed the importance of breaking stats down to a per 90 minutes average back in 2013.

Just how impressive was the production of Harry Forrester or even Nathan Oduwa when you break their numbers down to how they performed over the course of a 90 minute average?

Lets’ begin with non-penalty goals per 90 minutes.

Non-Penalty Goals per 90 minutes 2015-16

  • Harry Forrester only scored four league goals, tying him with Andy Halliday.  But then again – Forrester only played in 546 minutes, while Halliday saw 3,078 minutes of playing time.  Halliday is not paid to score goals – but it highlights how much more insight you can get when you go beyond the raw data.  Forrester’s goals per 90 minutes of 0.66 is the highest on the team & that doesn’t even include his moment of brilliance against Dundee.
  • Rangers had three players with more than 0.50 goals per 90.  Only two other teams in the Championship had even one player with that high of a scoring rate, while seven other teams had zero players average half a goal per game.
Billy King

Rangers Assists per 90 minutes 2015-16

  • It may have been easy to overlook the production of the likes of Billy King & Nathan Oduwa – but the reality is that they did play a prominent role in Rangers attack in the limited minutes they saw.  Prior to returning to Spurs, Oduwa had three assists in just under 700 minutes.  It doesn’t sound like much but only six other Rangers had more all season long.
  • James Tavernier’s assist in Rangers meaningless draw against St. Mirren was another reminder that he could turn the outcome of a match on its head – either with a sublime free kick or, more frequently, with the definitive pass that set up a teammate to get the headlines.  Tavernier played over 3,200 minutes this season & sustained his production throughout.  Would King & Oduwa still have the high rate of assists per 90 if they played all season?  Who knows?  But, the fact that Tavernier had the primary assist on 15 Rangers goals this season means that he set up 19% of Rangers total goals & scored 13% of them.  So nearly a third of Rangers goals were directly generated from the play of the right back.

Rangers Points per 90 (NPG+A) 2015-16

Above you have points per 90 minutes while just combining non-penalty goals & primary assists, while below you have secondary assists added to the mix.

Rangers Points per 90 (NPG+Primary Ast+2nd Ast)

  • Kenny Miller & Nathan Oduwa both averaged over 1.00 points per 90 minutes when you factor in secondary assists.  In 1900+ minutes, Miller average 1.20 points per 90 – which means for every 90 minutes he played – on average, Miller contributed to a goal being scored.  Even though Oduwa’s time was much less then Miller – it makes you want to capture Mark Warburton or David Weir  in a moment of candor to find out why exactly Oduwa was sent back to London.
  • Beyond those top two, the results match what many observers had already concluded – the Rangers offence ran through Waghorn, McKay, Tavernier, Holt, & then Forrester in 2016 (along with Miller).
Nathan Oduwa, courtesy of RFC

Lastly, let’s see which players were predominately playmakers & which ones were the goal hungry poachers.  Below you will find a graphical comparison between players goal production & their combined primary/secondary assists.

Goals & those who create them

  • Rangers had no poachers…no self-centered goal scoring machines.  Even their top two goal scorers, Miller & Waghorn, had over ten combined assists each.   In fact, each of Rangers top four goal scorers had 10+ primary & secondary assists.
  • Barrie McKay would be the only player that you would label as a pure playmaker, as he had 18 combined assists & “only” six goals.  Of course, he also had the goal of the year against Celtic – so the ability is definitely there for him to tally double digit goals to go along with the assists.

Keep an eye on the site for more stats looking at Rangers & the Scottish Championship as a whole.

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