The digital dissection of a thrashing

I have just been given a lesson in sports analysis.

My buddy is a professional who does work for several clubs in both rugby union and soccer.

After explaining to me what Dartfish was he talked me through what had transpired at Hampden yesterday.

For the avoidance of doubt, he has no interest in the Glasgow fitba feud.

He told me that young Master Murts had started with a 4-3-2-1 formation.

The midfield trio was meant to close down the space of front of the Sevco back four.

However, it didn’t quite work out.

For example, when he talked me through the McGregor goal it became clear even to me.

He told me that when the ball hit the back of the net there were FIVE players in green and white

(Forrest, McGregor, Ntcham, Rogic, Tierney) between the Sevco back four and the midfield three.

Moreover, because of this gaping chasm, it did not surprise him that the two goals that came from open play had been scored by attacking midfielders in central positions.

He added that the gladiatorial performance of Moussa Dembélé in buffeting the Sevco centre-halves made much of this possible.

In the second half when Sevco pushed on there was space for the young French striker to exploit.

You know how that worked out.

My Dartfish guy then said that Brendan Rodgers changed Celtic to a different attacking style entirely by the substitutions he made

He said that Scott Sinclair, Leigh Griffiths and Paddy Roberts comprised an interchanging trident of one-touch aficionados.

The midfield was then bossed by Calum McGregor and Ntcham.

During the remaining minutes of the game, Broony was just sitting and could have been in a deckchair.

I nodded throughout this tutorial by telephone, but eventually, I could tell him something that he didn’t know that wowed him.

It was nice to return the compliment.

I was able to tell him with some authority that Graham Dorrans is almost certainly paid substantially more than Olivier Ntcham at the moment.

Moreover, that is allowing for the Frenchman’s almost guaranteed win bonus at Celtic!

One thing that a data analysis cannot gauge is what is in the heads of the players being analysed.

I proffered the opinion at today the Sevco players are psychologically broken by what happened yesterday at Hampden.

He didn’t demur.

Have a great day.