Lap up their tears - A Club’s Remarkably Advantageous Fixture List and it’s Certainly Not Celtic

kenikinif

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Hilarious ramblings ,i noticed the website has a league table with 'the Rangers' top ouch that will teach us eh
Jim O'Rourke in the comments section sounds much like his fellow tramp Joe ,maybe we have found his bunker
Cue the old Glasgow Empire heckle Christ there is two of them
 

bullen an la

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Official Ticketer
No idea of the intricacies of the code and how they effect it but it’s as far removed from ‘random’ as could be. So many things to factor in. Both Dundee teams can’t be at home on same day, similar in Edinburgh and with the OF. I remember when we came back from the Championship in our first season back it was said we ‘inherited’ relegated Dundee United’s fixtures. Further confirmation that there is a pattern to the fixtures rather than being ‘random’. Then there’s the line of code that repeatedly ‘randomly generates’ Rangers playing up in Aberdeen on a midweek just before Christmas and so on.;):)
and celtic randomly getting an away fixture on remembrance weekend
 

Super A

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I suspect you would need to do a similar analysis over a number of years

Or maybe the SPFL really do love us and just hide it well.

Maybe stop supporting terrorists and covering up / ignoring child rape and then, maybe then one might offer some sympathy

Maybe not though.
 

104Bear

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Official Ticketer
Harry Scud Book more like. The user name is interesting however, it implies that this dude is way over the age of 50. Maybe more disturbing than interesting, actually.
 

bigdado

Active Member

A Club’s Remarkably Advantageous Fixture List and it’s Certainly Not Celtic​

EditorSep 26 2021, 9:38

Neil Doncaster - Photo Jeff Holmes

I think it’s important that this information is shared the Celtic family. We need to challenge and dispel the myth that the SPFL are anti Rangers. I also think that the media need to aware that the fixtures are heavily weighted in favour of one team.The Scottish Premiership is NOT a level playing field (pardon the pun)

I’m more than happy for you to share the information as you see fit and I’m happy to remain anonymous.

Just in case anybody suggests this is a one-off issue which can happen due to having an 12 team league with a split. The fixtures for 2019-20 when the league was halted due to the pandemic had exactly the same statistics and fixtures breakdown.

Another startling statistic this season is that CELTIC will play away from home against Aberdeen, Hibs, Hearts and Rangers once each during the European competition qualifiers and the Europa League

RANGERS will have their first and only away league fixture against either Aberdeen, Hibs, Hearts and Celtic just as the Europa League ends.

So, the league fixtures also offer them less onerous ties during European competitions.

It must be Luck!

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Photo: Malcolm Mackenzie

Review of Scottish Premiership Fixtures 2021-2022…

A thorough review of the SPFL Premiership fixtures list for this season makes some interesting reading. There is in my opinion clear evidence of the fixtures being manipulated to favour one particular club!

In a season where the outcome of the league championship is crucial, in terms of income generation, guaranteeing direct access to the Champions League Group stages, with potential income of up to £40 million, it is evident that one club has a major advantage over Celtic in the quest for this prize.

Due to the Premiership Split in April 2022, there is a question about which clubs will form the ‘TOP SIX’ in the league after the ‘Split’.

However, I would suggest that the majority of Scottish football fans, pundits and media would agree that the ‘TOP SIX’ clubs will include the following ‘FIVE’ and one other.

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CELTIC, RANGERS, ABERDEEN, HIBERNIAN and HEARTS.​

Using this assertion, a review of the fixtures list reveals the following shocking facts.

AWAY FIXTURES FACTS

FACT 1 – CELTIC will play the FOUR clubs other named above AWAY from home twice up to the split in April 2022. So that’s Rangers 2 away, Aberdeen 2 away, Hearts 2 away, Hibernian 2 away = 8 games

RANGERS will only play the other FOUR clubs named above AWAY from home once up to the split in April 2022. So that’s Celtic 1 away, Aberdeen 1 away, Hearts 1 away, Hibernian 1 away = 4 games

FACT 2 – CELTIC will play 8 of their 17 away games up to the Split against the 4 clubs named above (Rangers, Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibernian) that’s 47% of all away games to the split.

RANGERS will play 4 of their 16 away games up to the Split against the 4 clubs named above (Celtic, Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibernian) that’s 25%% of all away games to the split.

FACT 3 – CELTIC will have played 4 of their away games against the 4 clubs named above by the end of October 2021. RANGERS will not meet any of the 4 clubs named above until the first week in December 2021.

FACT 4 – RANGERS, 45% of their away games up to the split, will be completed BEFORE they meet one of the 4 clubs mentioned above.

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Neil Doncaster Photo: Andrew Milligan

FACT 5 – CELTIC will need to play 2 more away games against TOP 6 post-split, to get 19 away matches. So, in total CELTIC will play 10 of their 19 away games against TOP 6 Teams, 53% of away games. Excluding the other Top 6 team (not named) Celtic will play 47% of all of their away games against the 4 clubs named above. (9 from 19 away games).

RANGERS will need to play 3 more away games against TOP 6 post-split to get 19 away matches. So, in total RANGERS will play 7 of their 19 away games against TOP 6 Teams, 37% of away games. Excluding the other Top 6 team (not named) Rangers will play 32% of their away games against the 4 clubs named above (6 from 19 away games).

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Photo Jeff Holmes

AWAY MATCHES 2021-2022​

CELTIC – Number of away matched up to the Split against named teams:
Rangers – 2 Aberdeen – 2 Hearts – 2 Hibernian – 2

CELTIC – % of away matches up to split against named teams – 47%

CELTIC – % of away matches after split against named – 47%

RANGERS – Number of away matched up to the Split against named teams:
Celtic – 1 Aberdeen – 1 Hearts – 1 Hibernian – 1

RANGERS – % of away matches up to split against named teams – 25%

RANGERS – % of away matches after split against named teams – 32%

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Celtic Park Celtic temporary chief executive Michael Nicholson (centre) Photo: Jeff Holmes

The theory behind Football League competitions is to determine the best teams over a season with all teams playing each other on equal terms as outlined below. An early definition of how a football league competition works.

‘The most common format for a football league competition consists of each team playing the others twice at home and twice away. Three points for a win, one for a draw, and the team with the most points after all the games played on an equal basis is the champion’.

While we all appreciate that a 12-team league competition with a top and bottom 6 split creates anomalies. The inequalities in this fixture list are startling.

There is nothing equal about the facts listed above. Or, am I being paranoid, as we Celtic fans are often accused of being?

Author’s Name supplied but withheld on request.

Interesting stats here, we all realised that Celtic have had a tough start to the season but reckon that these things even themselves out over the course of the season. The above articles suggests that assumption may be wrong and given that the new Celtic Interim SEO Michael Nicholson is an accomplished football administrator surely it is his responsibility to ask some questions about these imbalances in the statistics shown above and do something about it going forward?

Or is the Celtic FC Board happy playing in a rigged game? Answers on a postcard to Auldheid…

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Great mental rant. One massive assumption made is that Celtic are making the top six split....lolz
 

rangeral

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How does that work in a random fixture generator? Are you suggesting that there is a line of code that says something like “if team 1 had more away fixtures in the first 10 games than team 2, then reverse fixtures so that team 2 has more away fixtures this season”?

not having a go here - you always post good stuff. Just curious as to how this could work.
While there is some random fixture there isn't due to other factors like European games etc

For 2021/22 season it is opposite to 2020/21 with Hearts taking Hamilton fixture schedule and Dundee taking Kilmarnock fixture schedule as those team replaced them

Rangers paired with Celtic

Rangers
Rounds 1-11 & 23-33
Home Aberdeen, Celtic, Hearts, Hibs, Livingston, Motherwell
Away Dundee, Dundee United, Ross County, St Johnstone, St Mirren
Rounds 12-22
Home Dundee, Dundee United, Ross County, St Johnstone, St Mirren
Away Aberdeen, Celtic, Hearts, Hibs, Livingston, Motherwell

So Celtic have

Rounds 1-11 & 23-33
Home Dundee, Dundee United, Ross County, St Johnstone, St Mirren
Away Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibs, Livingston, Motherwell, Rangers
Round 12-22
Home Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibs, Livingston, Motherwell, Rangers
Away Dundee, Dundee United, Ross County, St Johnstone, St Mirren

Then you have take the actual fixture scheduling into account
 

daveyn85

Active Member
The fixtures this year are easier to start with for us but last year Celtic had the easier start! He fails to mention that.

I remember last year thinking if we get through Jan with a 8-10 point lead it’s our league as I knew the split and Celtics fixtures after that were rough after their easy start. That is what happened in the end as they lost all their tricky away games since feb and we didn’t need that gap as we actually extended it

This year it’s our turn for an easy start and hard finish so it’s even more important to build up a healthy lead just in case
 
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