As leaders of the Scottish Premiership, it makes sense that Celtic boast the strongest defence, but Greenock Morton’s defensive record may come as a surprise to most Hoops fans.
When Celtic face up against Greenock Morton in their Scottish Cup Quarter Final clash at Parkhead Saturday, they will be up against the second best defence statistically in the entire SPFL.
Morton currently sit third in the Championship table, eight points behind Livingston, and are still well in the hunt for promotion into Scotland’s top flight (for the first time since 1987/1988). The Ton are enjoying an impressive run of games going into the fixture, having won six of their last eight games.
Jim Duffy and his team will be well aware of the tough task on their hands as they make the trip to Celtic Park, however, with the second best defensive record in the entire SPFL this season, they can take some confidence of their own going into the match.
In the league, Celtic have conceded only 18 goals so far this season, a credible effort considering they have played 28 games. Morton, with 24 goals conceeded in their 26 matches.
As the Scottish champions, Celtic as undoubtedly favourites to progress through this round, however, with Thomas O’Ware and Ricki Lamie producing some fine displays for The Ton in the heart of defence, the Hoops’ goal quest may be slightly harder than many Celtic fans anticipated.
Despite being third, Morton have conceded 0.16 goals less per game than league leaders St Mirren and second place Livingston. Interestingly, all three Championship teams have conceded less goals than Graeme Murty’s Rangers – who have let in 1.11 goals per game so far in the league this season.