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6.7 clearances per game: The numbers behind impressive Celtic target

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Scottish Premiership champions Celtic are interested in signing Reading defender Liam Moore, according to journalist Courtney Friday.

Moore has caught Neil Lennon’s attention after a string of impressive performances in the Championship last season, as he anchored the Royals’ defence during their survival fight.

The centre-back captained the side in the majority of his 41 appearances last term under the management of both Paul Clement and then Jose Gomes in the second half of the campaign.

Friday added that Reading have built the squad around Moore after the defender nearly left the club for Brighton last summer, but he instead remained at the Madejski Stadium.

Moore has been a consistent performer for the Royal since arriving from Reading in 2015. But is he good enough to secure a move to Celtic?

We take a closer look…

Moore was a regular feature for the Royals last season and made 38 appearances in the league, with his only injury troubles coming at the start of the campaign and during the Christmas period. He scored his only goal of the season in a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday back in September.

His defensive statistics reveal his importance to the Reading side, as he made an average of 6.7 clearances per match and won an average of 4.7 aerial duels. This indicates how colossal Moore has been when averting danger in and around the Reading goalmouth, and his key presence would be difficult for Gomes to replace. Moore also made an average of 1.1 blocks per game, which is still a strong return and demonstrates his willingness to put his body on the line.

Moore has also fitted in well with Gomes’ possession-based style of play, as the defender has recorded an average of 47.5 passes per game and recorded a 77% pass success rate. Although there is scope for this figure to be improved, it demonstrates that Moore is not only useful for making clearances as he can also pick out his teammates.

The 26-year-old boasts varying aspects to his game, and Reading must do all they can to keep hold of him this summer if the club is to keep moving forward under Gomes.

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