Here’s what we did this week

Here’s what we did this week

By TheTwoPointOne

Although Scottish football may have hoped to take a short respite for the international break, there was still plenty to talk about regarding the national team and the Scottish Premiership.

 

At TheTwoPointOne, we took the momentary pause in proceeding to take stock of where the Scottish top division found itself at this moment in time by digging through the data and underlining interesting trends through the league.

 

Listed below is a sample of our best articles from this week. So why not take a quick look around and see if there’s anything that catches your fancy? Enjoy!

 


 

How much do Rangers miss Ryan Jack and Ross McCrorie?

 

After back-to-back defeats to Celtic and Hibernian, Graeme Murty and his Rangers side were surely feeling the pressure of their season slowly slipping away from them.

 

As such, we decided to take a look at what was specifically missing in both defeats and came to the conclusion that Rangers didn’t look nearly as defensive or assured in the middle of the park without Ryan Jack and Ross McCrorie.

 

Sure, Greg Docherty and Sean Goss are solid players but after looking at the stats there were some notable, defensive duties that neither player was taking responsibility for.

 


 

Derek McInnes: A five-year review 

 

Continuing our series of reviews of each manager when they reach a crucial period in their time at a club, the ever-excellent Andrew Southwick dissected Derek McInnes’ five years at Pittodrie.

 

Taking in the pros, cons and just about everything else, Andrew covered each and every aspect of McInnes’ time as Aberdeen manager and ultimately came to a conclusion as to whether he’ll be fondly remembered when he eventually moves on or will simply be just another manager for the history books.

 


 

Scottish football holds itself back with constant comparisons to England

 

This week saw Scottish football ferocious attacked by professional troll, Joey Barton. As such, Stefan Bienkowski decided to not take the former Manchester City and Rangers player to task, but instead question why football fans in Scotland are always so interested in what English viewers thing of our game.

 

In his piece, Stefan detailed the long and illustrious history Scottish football ought to be proud of and if we were to just stop comparing ourselves to the English Premier League we might realise that we’re actually quite good at this football malarkey.

 


 

🎙️ TheTwoPointOne-cast: Is Craig Levein doing a good enough job at Hearts?

 

On this week’s podcast Niall, Stefan and James focus their attention on Hearts’ season to date and try to figure out whether Craig Levein deserves credit for steadying the ship or should be doing a lot better.

 

As ever, the podcast considers both points of view and backs up each argument or point with the stats and accuracy we use each and every day on the website. Go give it a listen!

 


 

Frontrunners for Scottish Premiership central defender of the season

 

While Scottish football rested we were hard at work digging through the data and that was never more apparent in Thursday’s look at who has been the very best central defender in the Premiership this season.

 

Narrowing the search down to just three candidates, Stewart Brown made his arguments for why each and every one deserved immense credit and to be included in any potential team of the year.

 


 

Eamonn Brophy: The underrated star of Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock side

 

Kilmarnock are doing fantastically well this season – but we all already knew that right? By this point in the season you’d be hard pressed to find someone that doesn’t already know how well Jordan Jones, Kris Boyd or Youssouf Mulumbu are doing. But what about Eamonn Brophy?

 

Cataloguing his rise from bit-part youth player to first team star, Craig Cairns makes a splendid argument for why Brophy has not only came in to his own at Rugby Park this season but could be one of Steve Clarke’s most important players.

 


 

Why the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act deserved to be scrapped 

 

Last week we saw MSPs in Holyrood finally vote down the controversial Offensive Behaviour at Football Act (OBFA). And as such we tasked James Cairney to decipher whether or not the legislation had done what it had set out to do.

 

In a fantastic report, James catalogues the faults and holes in the act while explaining why it ultimately did very little aside from demonise Scottish football fans and in many ways treat them like second-class citizens.

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