Surprise, surprise – New report finds that the Rangers get most penalties in Scottish Football

So it’s official, theRangers are awarded most penalties in Scottish football according to a new report by the CIES Football Observatory via Glasgow Times who have examined the data since the beginning of the 2018/19 season until the winter break started. And their research finds that theRangers are awarded a penalty kick every 363 minutes way ahead of second place Hibernian who get a penalty awarded in their favour every 454 minutes.

That incidentally blow a hole in the argument by supporters of the cinch Premiership clubs outside of Glasgow who reckon that the so-called Old Firm (get all the calls from the officials). It can be argued that theRangers certain do, judging by these stats but it’ statistically proven that Celtic don’t benefit in a similar way the Hoops being awarded a spot kick every 540 minutes.

From these stats theRangers can expect to receive TEN penalties per season in the league whereas Hibs can expect to get EIGHT spot-kicks per season and Celtic SIX penalties.

It’s a pit the research didn’t look at key timings for these awards. Celtic’s quota in often increased in matches where we’re winning comfortably anyway and the referee is only too happy to point to the spot, where how many habe been awarded to the Ibrox side when they really need it?

When it comes to penalties handed out compared to the number of big chances created, Hibs comes out on top with a spot kick for every 25 goal scoring opportunities.

Celtic are – surprise, surprise – at the opposite end with one penalty in every 49, while for theRangers, they get their penalty with just 32 goal scoring opportunities.

Minutes or big chances per penalty since 2018/2019 until 10/01/2022.
Club Minutes Big Chances % Scored

Rangers 363 32 84

Hibs 454 25 72

Aberdeen 540 26 91

Celtic 540 49 71

St Johnstone 625 28 50

Motherwell 709 32 75

St Mirren 756 33 80

Livingston 872 40 85

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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