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Monday 31st August 2020

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Weekend in numbers

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

4 – Kilmarnock thumped Dundee United 4-0 at the BBSP Stadium, Rugby Park to pick up their first victory of the season. Nicke Kabamba scored a double and Eamonn Brophy added a goal before substitute Rory McKenzie rounded things off with a sublime chip. Killie scored four or more goals in a Premiership match for the first time since March 2019, when they defeated Hamilton Academical 5-0. Saturday’s success was Kilmarnock’s biggest win over the Terrors since April 1968, when goals from Gerry Queen (2), Billy Dickson and Jim MacFadzean also secured a 4-0 success.

0 – Rangers are three points clear at the top of the Premiership thanks to a 2-0 victory over Hamilton Academical at the Foys Stadium. Ianis Hagi and James Tavernier scored their first goals of the season to secure the points for Steven Gerrard’s men. Rangers are just the fourth side in Scottish League history to keep six consecutive clean sheets at the start of the season, and just the second in the top flight. The only other top-flight side to do so was Celtic, back in 1906/07, while Airdrieonians (1973/74) and St Johnstone (2002/03) managed this feat in the second tier. No club has ever started the league season with seven clean sheets on the spin, so Rangers can target a new record when they host Dundee United after the international break. 

4 – Aberdeen moved up to fourth in the Premiership thanks to a 1-0 victory over Hibernian at Easter Road. Derek McInnes’ side have recorded four consecutive victories in all competitions for the first time since May-August 2019, and three straight league wins for the first time since October-November 2019. The Dons are now unbeaten in nine away matches in all competitions – this equals their best ever run under McInnes. In their next away match, they will have an opportunity to make it 10 without defeat on the road for the first time since 1993/94.

18 – Celtic shrugged off their midweek European disappointment to defeat Motherwell 3-0 at Celtic Park on Sunday. Goals from James Forrest, Albian Ajeti and Christopher Jullien helped Neil Lennon’s side climb to third in the Premiership table. The Hoops are now unbeaten in 18 matches against the Steelmen in all competitions, with Motherwell’s last victory coming in December 2015. Celtic have won each of their last nine home matches against Motherwell and have racked up an astonishing 33-2 aggregate scoreline in the process.

1 – Livingston beat Ross County 1-0 at the Tony Macaroni Arena to secure their first victory of the season. Jon Guthrie scored the only goal to ensure that Gary Holt’s side ended a run of nine matches without a win, stretching back to February. Guthrie’s first goal of last season also came against the Staggies, in a 4-1 victory at the Global Energy Stadium.

5 – St Johnstone defeated St Mirren 1-0 at McDiarmid Park to climb to seventh in the Premiership table. Callum Davidson secured his first home win since taking over in the summer thanks to a goal from substitute Stevie May. The Perth Saints have picked up four wins and a draw in their last five home matches against the Paisley Saints, without conceding a single goal. St Mirren’s last victory in Perth was back in October 2014.