Celtic rival Paris Saint Germain as world football pass masters as Ange Postecoglou impact laid bare

By Mark Walker

A new study shows Celtic rivalling Paris Saint-Germain as the pass masters of European football.

New boss Ange Postecoglou's impact on the team's style has been laid bare, with only the Ligue 1 giants and Shakhtar Donetsk completing more passes so far this season.

The Aussie has implemented a high-octane style following his arrival from Yokohama F. Marinos back in June.And a study, undertaken by the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory, over 36 domestic leagues worldwide, including 32 in Europe and four in North and South America, has shown the progress made by Celtic this season in passing.

Out of the hundreds of teams in the survey, Celtic are third in the world for passing with 708 passes in four league games - behind only the superstars of PSG with 738 passes in the same amount of games and, although Shakhtar are ahead of them with 730 passes, they have played two more league games.

Celtic are also fourth in the world for successfully complete passes at 90.3 per cent - behind only PSG, Lazio and Shakhtar Donetsk.

They are above Manchester City in fifth spot with 90.1 per cent of successfully completed passes.

In Scottish terms, Celtic have made 115 more passes than Rangers so far and Steven Gerrard's side have completed 87 per cent of them.

Aberdeen are third in Scotland with 568 passes, with Ross County bottom with just 318 passes - with 75 per cent of them completed successfully.


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