The Scottish Premiership resumes this weekend after the split but who makes a team of the season so far? WhoScored’s statistical XI is unsurprisingly dominated by champions Rangers, but a handful of top performing players elsewhere have made the cut …
Goalkeeper: Benjamin Siegrist (Dundee United) – score of 7.02
Dundee United finished in the lower half of the table before the split, but it would have been a lot worse for the Tangerines without Benjamin Siegrist between the sticks. The Swiss goalkeeper was one of the busiest goalkeepers in the division as he made 123 saves, although the amount of action didn’t deter his performances. Indeed, Siegrist placed third for clean sheets (11) while his stopping pass rate (77.2%) was the second best in the Scottish Premiership, to give WhoScored.com a rating of 7 , 02.
Right-back: James Tavernier (Rangers) – odds 7.76
The first of six Rangers players to make the cut is also the Scottish Premiership’s highest rated player this season. James Tavernier has been outstanding for the champions and his WhoScored.com rating of 7.76 is better than any other player. Only two players have scored more goals than the right-back (11), while no one has recorded more assists than Tavernier (9). The 29-year-old also created more clearly defined goal scoring chances than any other player (11).
Center-back: Connor Goldson (Rangers) – score of 7.38
Connor Goldson was once again a solid player at the heart of the Rangers’ defense, with his WhoScored.com rating of 7.38 the fourth-best in the division. The center-back has directly scored six goals in total, scoring four, including a brace in October’s Old Firm victory at Celtic. Consistently exhibiting a WhoScored.com “ overtaking ” force, only Callum McGregor (2,325) completed more passes than Goldson (2,085) in the 2020/21 regular season to help carve out a niche on that side.
Center-back: Paul Hanlon (Hibs) – odds of 7.22
Hibs did well to finish third before the split, with Paul Hanlon taking his place at the back alongside Goldson. The 31-year-old won more aerial duels (188) than any other defender before the split, returning an impressive 73.2% aerial success rate in the process. The proactive Hibs man also ranked in the top 10 players for permissions (144) to contribute to his inclusion with a WhoScored.com rating of 7.22.
Left-back: Borna Barisic (Rangers) – score of 7.35
To complete the defense, the third player of the XI Rangers. Borna Barisic again excelled from left-back, creating 65 scoring chances in total; only David Turnbull (69) did more. The Croatian’s offensive influence gave five assists, while 66 combined tackles and interceptions were a laudable comeback as Barisic earned a WhoScored.com rating of 7.35.
Right midfielder: Ryan Christie (Celtic) – score of 7.33
The first of two Celtic players to make the cut, Ryan Christie was a brilliant spark in a disappointing season for the Bhoys. Maximizing his creative talents, Christie placed fourth in key assists (61) and net chances created (8), while only two players made more passes than the Scotland international (8). Four more goals helped the 26-year-old achieve a WhoScored.com rating of 7.33.
Central midfielder: Joe Aribo (Rangers) – score 7.40
Joe Aribo had another solid campaign for the Rangers returning a WhoScored.com rating of 7.40. The Nigerian midfielder contributed with a few key midfield goals as he struck the back the next six times, and returned four more assists for the champions. Only Ryan Kent (62) completed more dribbles than Aribo (49) to help his inclusion in the middle of the park.
Central Midfield: Hakeem Odoffin (Hamilton Academical) – Score 7.19
Hamilton Academical had a season to forget, but Hakeem Odoffin did enough to secure a spot in the middle of the park. Odoffin was a machine to win the ball where it was needed, making at least 36 more combined tackles and interceptions (168) than any other player in the league. Much of this was due to his superb reading of the game, with the 22-year-old having made more interceptions (106) than any other player. The Accies might have disappointed, but Odoffin certainly didn’t perform as stated in its WhoScored.com rating of 7.19.
Left midfielder: Ryan Kent (Rangers) – score 7.40
The squad’s second-to-last regular-season player, Ryan Kent maximized WhoScored.com’s “dribbling” force by knocking off opponents 62 times, more than any other player. Only a handful of players had a direct hand in more goals than Kent (15 – 8 goals, 7 assists) with the winger more than deserving of his place on this team with a WhoScored.com rating of 7.40.
Attacker: Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) – score 7.31
With 16 goals to his name, Odsonne Edouard has hit the back of the net more times than any other Scottish Premiership regular season player, 12 of whom were considered big chances, more than any other player. The Frenchman bolstered his reputation with a strong scoring campaign for the Bhoys. It may not have been enough for Celtic to clinch a 10th consecutive title, but Edward once again showed why he is linked with a top summer move after scoring a WhoScored.com rating of 7.31.
Forward: Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) – score of 7.20
Rangers player Alfredo Morelos, who earned a WhoScored.com rating of 7.20 in 2020/21, joins Edouard on the front row. Only two players have scored more goals than Morelos (11) in the regular season and he will be looking to wear his exceptional scoring form in the Championship group, with five of his 11 goals in his last five league appearances.