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Monday 1st May 2017

Weekend in numbers

We take a look at some of the numbers behind a dramatic weekend of football across all four divisions of the SPFL.

We take a look at some of the numbers behind a dramatic weekend of football across all four divisions of the SPFL.

5 Celtic's emphatic 5-1 win at Ibrox on Saturday means they have beaten Rangers five times this season and this was their biggest ever victory at the home of their rivals. Brendan Rodgers' side also won 5-1 in the opening Glasgow derby of the season at Celtic Park and 2-1 at Ibrox on Hogmanay, in addition to knocking Rangers out of both the Betfred Cup and Scottish Cup in Hampden semi-finals. Celtic last beat Rangers five times in the same season in 2003/04 when Martin O'Neill's men won four out of four in the SPL and also beat Rangers in a Scottish Cup tie at Parkhead.

4 Ross County striker Liam Boyce scored all four goals as the Staggies racked up a 4-0 win over Highland rivals Inverness CT at the Global Energy Stadium on Friday night. Boyce also netted a hat-trick against ICT back in August. The former Cliftonville forward has scored 20 goals in the Ladbrokes Premiership this season - he is one behind leading scorer Scott Sinclair and three ahead of Moussa Dembele. Boyce has haunted Richie Foran's men in 2016/17, with nine of his 20 league goals coming against the bottom club.

5 St Mirren climbed out of the Ladbrokes Championship relegation zone with a 5-0 victory over Raith Rovers at the Paisley 2021 Stadium on Saturday, helped by a hat-trick from Stevie Mallan. On Christmas Day, Jack Ross' side were six points behind second-bottom Dunfermline and seven adrift of Ayr United, who were eighth at the time, but the Buddies have been in terrific form in recent months and are unbeaten home since losing to Falkirk on January 28. For all that, Saints may still need a point at Easter Road this weekend to avoid being caught by Raith, who host bottom club Ayr United.

29 Dumbarton have scored more away goals than any other team in the Ladbrokes Championship this season. Stevie Aitken's men all but secured their second-tier status with a 2-2 draw against promotion-chasing Dundee United at Tannadice on Saturday evening. The Sons are in seventh spot, three points ahead of second-bottom Raith Rovers and it would take a Raith win, a Dumbarton defeat to Falkirk, and a 10-goal swing for Rovers to catch them.

8 Livingston received the Ladbrokes League 1 trophy on Saturday after racking up a club record eighth straight league win. Since losing 1-0 at home to East Fife on March 11, David Hopkin's side have been unstoppable and the 4-1 weekend win over Peterhead took their tally of home goals this season to an impressive 43 in 18 matches. Livi bring down the curtain on a successful campaign against Albion Rovers at the Exsel Group Stadium on Saturday.

1 Ladbrokes League 2 is set for a thrilling conclusion on Saturday as Angus rivals Arbroath and Forfar fight it out for the title. Forfar have led for most of the season and went into the weekend with a one-point advantage but were held to a 1-1 draw away to bottom club Cowdenbeath. Meanwhile, a Ryan McCord hat-trick helped Arbroath defeat Elgin City 3-2 at Gayfield to send them top. Dick Campbell's men take a one-point lead to Stirling Albion and know a win will guarantee them the title while Forfar must beat Annan Athletic at Station Park and hope the Red Lichties slip up at Forthbank.