Study reveals Scottish influence on Celtic vs Rangers, Old Firm derby is dying

Over the last four years, only two Scottish players have managed to hit the back of the net in the Celtic vs Rangers, Old Firm derby.

When ‘The Gers’ returned to the SPL in 2016/17, homegrown stars played a significant role in the rivalry, scoring six of the 15 goals they shared between them that year. 

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This figure was the highest of any other nationality, equalling a whopping 40% of the total tally. However, as time has passed, the impact of Scottish players in the eagerly-anticipated fixture has evaporated into near nothingness.

Research into the Celtic vs Rangers, Old Firm derby reveals interesting results

After conducting extensive research, Lord Ping discovered that in the last four campaigns, Scottish players have only scored two of the 32 goals, with an underwhelming strike rate of just 6%. 

Subsequently, fans have grown concerned over the lack of local players making it to the pinnacle of the league, with many considering the Old Firm derby an ‘international affair’.

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Scottish players aren’t performing in the Old Firm derby

While David Turnbull bagged for Celtic in September, you have to go all the way back to 2018/19 to find the last time a Scotsman put his name in lights for Rangers. On this particular occasion, Scott Arnfield scored in a 2-0 victory for his side.

Perhaps more frustratingly for natives, it’s actually the English who’ve been the most prolific over the last four seasons, recording five goals.

And if that wasn’t enough, they’ve managed to hit the back of the net in every season during this period with the exemption of the 2021/22 campaign.

However, things were just as bad for the Scots throughout that campaign as they didn’t bag any goals either. During this period, players from Australia, Israel, Portugal, Japan, Zambia, USA, Sweden and Wales all scored one goal each.

Full tables for Celtic vs Rangers, Old Firm derby between 2016/17 – 2020/21

2016/17Celtic 5-1 RangersCeltic: Moussa Dembele (3), Scott Sinclair and Stuart Armstrong
Rangers: Joe Garner
Moussa Dembele: French Scott Sinclair: English Stuart Armstrong:Scottish Joe Garner:English
2016/17Rangers 1-2 CelticRangers: Kenny Miller
Celtic:Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair
Kenny Miller: Scottish Celtic: Moussa Dembele: French Scott Sinclair: English
2016/17Celtic 1-1 RangersCeltic: Stuart Armstrong
Rangers:Clint Hill
Stuart Armstrong:Scottish Clint Hill:English
2016/17Rangers 1-5 CelticRangers: Kenny Miller
Celtic: Scott Sinclair, Leigh Griffiths, Callum McGregor, Dedryck Boyata, Mikael Lustig
Kenny Miller: Scottish Scott Sinclair: English Leigh Griffiths:Scottish Callum McGregor:Scottish Dedryck Boyata:Belgian Mikael Lustig:Swedish
2017/18Rangers 0-2 CelticCeltic: Tom Rogic and Leigh GriffithsTom Rogic:Australian Leigh Griffiths:Scottish
2017/18Rangers 2-3 CelticRangers: Josh Windass and Daniel CandeiasCeltic: Tom Rogic, Moussa Dembele and Odsonne EduoardJosh Windass:English Daniel Candeias:Portuguese Tom Rogic:Australian Moussa Dembele: French Odsonne Eduoard:French
2017/18Celtic 5-0 RangersCeltic: Odsonne Eduoard (2), Tom Rogic, Callum McGregor, James Forrest,Odsonne Eduoard: French Tom Rogic:Australian Callum McGregor:Scottish James Forrest:Scottish
2018/19Celtic 1-0 RangersCeltic: Olivier NtchamOlivier Ntcham: Cameroon
2018/19Rangers 1-0 CelticRangers: Ryan KingRyan King: Scottish
2018/19Celtic 2-1 RangersCeltic: Odsonne Eduoard and James Forrest
Rangers:Ryan Kent
Odsonne Eduoard: French James Forrest:Scottish Ryan Kent:English
2018/19Rangers 2-0 CelticRangers: James Tavernier and Scott ArfieldJames Tavernier:English Scott Arfield:Canada/Scottish
2019/20Rangers 0-2 CelticCeltic: Odsonne Eduoard and Johnny HayesOdsonne Eduoard:French Johnny Hayes;Irish
2019/20Celtic 1-2 RangersCeltic: Odsonne Eduoard
Rangers: Ryan Kent and Nikola Katic
Odsonne Eduoard:French Ryan Kent:English Nikola Katic:Croatia
2020/21Celtic 0-2 RangersRangers: Connor GoldsonConnor Goldson:English
2020/21Rangers 1-0 CelticRangers:Callum Mcgregor (OG)Callum McGregor:Scottish
2020/21Celtic 1-1 RangersCeltic:Mohamed ElyounoussiRangers: Alfredo MorelosMohamed Elyounoussi:Norwegian Alfredo Morelos:Colombian
2020/21Rangers 4-1 CelticRangers:Kemar Roofe (2), Alfredo Morelos, and Jermaine DefoeKemar Roofe:Jamaican Alfredo Morelos:Colombian Jermaine Defoe:English

Full tables for Celtic vs Rangers, Old Firm derby between 2021/22 – 2022/23

2021/22Rangers 1-0 CelticRangers:Filip HelanderFilip Helander:Swedish
2021/22Celtic 3-0 RangersCeltic: Reo Hatate (2) and Liel AbadaReo Hatate:JapaneseLiel Abada:Israeli
2021/22Rangers 1-2 CelticRangers: Aaron RamseyCeltic:Tom Rogic and Cameron Carter-VickersAaron Ramsey:Welsh Tom Rogic:Australian Cameron Carter-Vickers:American
2021/22Celtic 1-1 RangersCeltic: JotaRangers: Fashion ZakalaJota:PortugueseFashion Zakala:Zambian
2022/23Celtic 4-0 RangersCeltic: Liel Abada, Jota, David TurnbullLiel Abada:IsraeliJota:Portuguese David Turnbull:Scottish
2022/23Rangers 2-2 CelticRangers: Ryan Kent, James TavernierCeltic: Daizen Maeda, Kyogo FuruhashiRyan Kent: English James Tavernier: English Daizen Maeda:Japanese Kyogo Furuhashi: Japanese
2022/23Celtic 3-2 RangersRangers: James Tavernier Celtic: Kyogo Furuhashi, JotaJames Tavernier: English, Kyogo Furuhashi: Japanese, Jota

Which nations have scored the most in the Old Firm derby since 2016/17?

Season/Tally of Goals scored
Nationality of Goalscorers2016/172017/182018/192019/202020/212021/222022/23Total

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