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OOPS AND WHOOPS: CELTIC GO TOP

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CELTIC have overtaken Rangers in Global Club Soccer Rankings after a dramatic U-turn over the past 24-hours.

Sports and analytics site, FiveThityEight, uses stats to make predictions on more than 600 clubs across world football.

The listings yesterday had the Ibrox outfit rated 14 places HIGHER than the Hoops, despite the Parkhead side winning eight successive titles and an unprecedented treble treble, all nine domestic honours over the past three years.

However, just one day later, the clubs have switched positions with Neil Lennon’s men climbing eight places – and Steven Gerrard’s team slipping a remarkable THIRTY-NINE places.

The model is based upon the projected number of goals for and against, transfer market values and strength of the league.

DERBY DAZE…Odsonne Edouard takes on defensive double-act Joe Worrell and Connor Goldson in the Hoops’ 2-1 win last season.

The champions are now the highest-ranked Scottish side after soaring to 98th spot, while Gers have dropped to 131.

Celtic have an average goal rating of 1.7 with a defensive rating of 0.9 giving them an SPI (Soccer Power Index) number of 63.4

The Light Blues are in at 1.8 for offensive stats and 1.2 for defensive giving them an average SPI of 58.4.

English champions Manchester City are in pole position with Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain making up the top five.

Where last season’s Premiership clubs are ranked:

98: Celtic (SPI 63.4)

131: Rangers (58.4)

357: Kilmarnock (36.6)

363: Aberdeen (36.3)

406: Hibs (33.3)

477: Hearts (27.6)

499: Motherwell (25.5)

520: Livingston (22.7)

526: St Johnstone (22.4)

536: St Mirren (21.5)

583: Hamilton (16.3)

608: Dundee (12.5)

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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