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Monday 15th May 2017

Weekend in numbers

We look at some of the numbers behind the weekend games in the Ladbrokes Premiership and the play-off matches.

We look at some of the numbers behind the weekend games in the Ladbrokes Premiership and the play-off matches.

100 Celtic reached a century of Ladbrokes Premiership points when they beat Aberdeen 3-1 at Pittodrie on Friday night. Brendan Rodgers' side have two more games to play as they seek to complete the league season unbeaten before facing the Dons in the Scottish Cup final on May 27 – the Hoops travel to Firhill to take on Partick Thistle on Thursday then host Hearts on Sunday, when they will receive the Premiership trophy. Celtic are now on 99 league goals for the campaign after Dedryck Boyata, Stuart Armstrong and Leigh Griffiths scored inside 11 minutes at Aberdeen.

4 St Johnstone can look forward to Europa League football at the end of June after securing fourth place in the Ladbrokes Premiership with a 1-0 home win over Partick Thistle on Saturday. It is a remarkable achievement for Tommy Wright's men, who are fourth for the third year in a row - they earned 57 points in 2014/15, 56 points in 2015/16 and are currently on 55 points in 2016/17 with games at home to Hearts on Wednesday and Rangers on Sunday still to come. The Perth club had only twice qualified for Europe before 2012 but next term will be their fifth European adventure in six seasons.

25 Kilmarnock will play top-flight football for the 25th season in a row come August after Saturday’s 2-1 home win over bottom club Inverness Caley Thistle removed any relegation fears and lifted them to seventh place in the table. Killie were promoted to the Premier Division as runners-up to Raith Rovers in 1992/93, when Tommy Burns was in charge, and have maintained their status ever since. Lee McCulloch takes Kilmarnock to Fir Park on Tuesday on a run of just two defeats in nine games since they were beaten by Motherwell at Rugby Park in early March.

8 Dundee United extended their unbeaten run to eight games – four wins and four draws – with a  3-0 victory over Morton in the second leg of the Premiership play-off quarter-final on Friday night. Ray McKinnon’s men now face Falkirk on Tuesday and Friday of this week for a place in the final on May 25 and 28 against the side who finish 11th in the Premiership – that slot is currently occupied by Hamilton Accies.

2 Both Championship play-off semi-finals were decided on penalties on Saturday. Alloa Athletic beat Airdrieonians 4-3 on spot-kicks at the Indodrill Stadium after Jon Robertson’s stunning strike tied the game 1-1 on aggregate while Brechin City overcame Raith Rovers in an epic game at Stark’s Park. It finished 3-3 after extra time and 4-4 on aggregate before Darren Dods’ men progressed 4-3 on penalties, relegating Rovers in the process. Alloa and Brechin now meet on Wednesday and Saturday for a place in the Championship next term. The Wasps are seeking an immediate return to the second tier while City last played at that level in 2005/06.