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Monday 25th February 2019

Weekend in numbers

Resident statto @splstats looks at some of the numbers from the weekend games...

26 – Rangers kept themselves within eight points of leaders Celtic at the summit of the Ladbrokes Premiership thanks to a 5-0 victory over Hamilton Academical at the Hope CBD Stadium. The Light Blues have not lost in Hamilton in over 80 years – their last defeat came in December 1938. Rangers are 26 games unbeaten in Hamilton since that last defeat (W24 D2). Accies have picked up two wins at Ibrox since then but have been unable to replicate that success at home. Sunday’s win was the fourth straight visit where Rangers have scored four or more goals – they have racked up an astonishing 18 goals in that period. 

7 – Aberdeen defeated St Johnstone 2-0 at McDiarmid Park to stay within five points of second-placed Rangers in the Ladbrokes Premiership. The Dons have now equalled a club record by notching up seven consecutive away wins, a run which stretches back to a 1-0 victory at Ibrox in early December. The Dons have achieved seven wins on the spin twice before – the first time was from April - September 1936 and the second came from October 1970 - January 1971. Derek McInnes’ side will have their work cut out for them if they want to set a new club record – their next away match is against leaders Celtic on March 9.

5 – Ross County moved five points clear at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship thanks to a stunning comeback against Partick Thistle at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill. Thistle led 2-0 at half-time but the Staggies racked up four second-half goals without reply to increase their lead over Ayr United and Dundee United. It was the first time Ross County had come from two goals down to win a match since a famous 3-2 victory over Celtic in Dingwall in March 2013 – co-manager Stuart Kettlewell was in the County team that day.

5 – Forfar Athletic defeated Stenhousemuir 2-1 at Station Park to move further clear in the race for the promotion play-off spots in Ladbrokes League 1. Jim Weir’s side have now recorded five consecutive home wins; a run which stretches back to mid-December. In fact, they have won eight of their last nine home matches, with the only blip being a 3-2 defeat to runaway leaders Arbroath in December. This is the Loons’ best run of consecutive home league wins since they won six on the bounce from April-October 2014.

200 – Peterhead beat Stirling Albion 1-0 at Forthbank to keep themselves a point behind Edinburgh City at the top of Ladbrokes League 2. Rory McAllister scored his 200th league goal to keep the title race alive. The 31-year-old scored his first league goal back in September 2006 when he netted in Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s 4-1 win away to Motherwell in the SPL. He went on to score three times in the league for Inverness, before moving on to Brechin City where he netted 45 times in the league between 2009 and 2011. McAllister has scored a whopping 152 goals for Peterhead – one in a loan spell in February 2008 and then the remaining 151 since joining in the summer of 2011. McAllister is one of just two currently-active SPFL players with 200 Scottish league goals – the other is Kilmarnock’s Kris Boyd.