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Monday 21st August 2017

Weekend in numbers

Resident statto @splstats looks at some of the key numbers across the four divisions on matchday three of the Ladbrokes SPFL.

Resident statto @splstats looks at some of the key numbers across the four divisions on matchday three of the Ladbrokes SPFL.

52 – Celtic moved back to the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership after defeating Kilmarnock 2-0 at Rugby Park on Saturday. Brendan Rodgers’ side extended their unbeaten domestic run to 52 matches, of which they have won 48 and drawn just four. The Bhoys continued their impressive run of form at Rugby Park – they are now unbeaten on their last 14 visits to Kilmarnock, with their last defeat there in February 2010. Celtic host St Johnstone on Saturday in a top-of-the-table clash – Saints were the last Scottish team to beat Celtic, back in May 2015.

3 – St Johnstone continued their perfect start to the Ladbrokes Premiership season with a 1-0 victory over Partick Thistle at McDiarmid Park. Saints have won their first three top-flight matches for the first time in their history – the last time they did so in any division came in their 1989/90 First Division title-winning campaign. Michael O’Halloran has found the net in all three matches and Saturday’s goal against Thistle was his second winning strike of the season. Tommy Wright’s men ended a bit of a hoodoo against Thistle in Perth – Alan Archibald’s side had won on five of their previous six trips prior to Saturday’s defeat.

3 – Dundee United defeated Brechin City 1-0 at Tannadice to maintain their 100% record in the Ladbrokes Championship. The Terrors have won their opening three fixtures of a league season for the first time since 1990/91, when Jim McLean was still in charge. Saturday’s game was their first league meeting with Brechin since January 1960, when the sides drew 1-1 at Glebe Park in the old Second Division. The clubs hadn’t met in any competition for over 30 years – their last clash came at Glebe Park in the Scottish Cup in February 1987, when Kevin Gallacher scored the only goal.

32 – Ayr United remain top of the Ladbrokes League 1 table after a thrilling 4-3 victory over Stranraer at Stair Park. Paddy Boyle scored a late winner for the Honest Men after the Blues had fought back from 3-1 down to level things at 3-3. Ian McCall’s side have won eight of their nine matches in all competitions, with their only aberration being a 5-0 defeat to Hibernian in the Betfred Cup. Saturday’s match was the fourth time this season that Ayr have scored four or more goals – they have already found the net 32 times in all competitions, with Craig Moore scoring nine of those.

3 – Stirling Albion defeated Edinburgh City 2-0 at Forthbank to continue their flawless start to the Ladbrokes League 2 season. Dave Mackay’s side sit top of the table with three wins out of three – the last time the Binos won their opening three league fixtures was 2004/05. Only six SPFL players have scored in each of their club’s three games this season, and two of them play for Stirling Albion - Darren Smith and Ross Kavanagh have both found the net against Stenhousemuir, Berwick Rangers and Edinburgh City.