Manager power rankings: Scottish Premiership matchday 12

Manager power rankings: Scottish Premiership matchday 12

By James Cairney

Matchday 12 was a high-scoring weekend in the Scottish Premiership, with 22 goals scored across six fixtures.


Ross County held on for all three points against Motherwell after racing into a 3-0 lead by half-time, Dundee lost their fifth consecutive match when Neil Lennon’s Hibs defeated them, while Kilmarnock left it late to seal all three points against Hearts at Murrayfield.


But how well is each manager performing? Using our manager power rankings, we finally have a metric with which we can compare and contrast boss’ achievements.



Robinson’s lead reduced



A blistering start from County on Saturday saw them lead the Steelmen 3-0 at half-time, in probably the weekend’s most surprising result. Motherwell pulled it back to 3-2 with ten minutes remaining on the clock but it was too little, too late from the Fir Park outfit. As his team were favourites to win the clash, Robinson loses three points.


Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has led our rankings for seven weeks now, but that run could be coming to an end soon if results don’t pick up. Following Saturday’s defeat in Dingwall, Robinson now tops our rankings by a single point, with Martin Canning closing in behind him.


Hibs’ fine run continues


Neil Lennon’s Hibernian kept up their impressive form by inflicting a fifth consecutive defeat on Dundee at Easter Road. Martin Boyle’s thundered long-range strike opened the scoring within a minute and Simon Murray provided the winner, converting Anthony Stokes’ superb cross.



The Hibees notched up their fourth win in a row, with Neil Lennon once again gainng a single point in our rankings. In each of their victories, Hibs have been favourites so Lennon’s gains have been small but steady. The former Celtic boss is still lingering around the bottom of our table but should move up fairly promptly.


Murty makes it two wins in two


Graeme Murty strengthened his claim to be considered for the Rangers job with a comfortable 3-0 dismantling of Partick Thistle at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon. First-half goals from Ross McCrorie and Daniel Candeias sent the Gers on their way to a convincing win against Alan Archibald’s side.


Murty now finds himself on two points in our rankings – one for each victory, as they were favourites in both encounters. Rangers are expected to make a move for Derek McInnes in the coming weeks but it might just be that there’s a simpler solution staring the Rangers board in the face.



Canning moves into second


Hamilton picked up a point at New Douglas Park after battling to a deserved 2-2 draw. Accies fans must have feared the worst when Kari Arnason headed the visitors in front with 15 minutes left to play, but David Templeton’s equaliser just two minutes later secured a point for Martin Canning’s side.


Canning picked up two points in our table for Accies’ draw at home to Aberdeen. The Hamilton boss now finds himself second in our rankings, breathing down the neck of Robinson at the top. Over the last two fixtures, Canning has gained five points – impressive stuff from the 35-year-old.


Rodgers making steady progress


Celtic set a new British record with their unbeaten domestic run which now stretches to 63 games in all competitions, beating their own record from 100 years ago. The Bhoys hammered St Johnstone 4-0 in Perth in the weekend’s early kick-off, courtesy of goals from Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembele and Olivier Ntcham.



For all the talents of his team, however, Brendan Rodgers finds himself around the middle of our rankings. As Celtic are favourites in every game, the Northern Irishman can only gain a point per match and is heavily penalised for dropping any points. Rodgers is expected to make slow but steady progress in our rankings – by this point last season, Rodgers was fourth in our rankings but finished the season as the comfortable winner.

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