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Monday 15th February 2021

Hamilton Academical cinch Premiership

Weekend in numbers

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

5 – Hamilton Academical thumped Motherwell 4-1 at Fir Park to climb off the bottom of the Premiership table. Bruce Anderson, Ross Callachan, Marius Ogkmpoe and David Moyo all found the net as Accies scored four times in a league game for the first time since May 2017. Brian Rice’s side have won all three of their matches against the Steelmen this season, each of them with a different manager in the Motherwell dug-out. Accies have four wins and a draw in their last five matches against Well - this is their longest unbeaten run against their Lanarkshire rivals since they went 11 undefeated from 1908 to 1912.

3 – Dundee United moved into the Premiership top six thanks to a 3-0 victory over Livingston at Tannadice. Adrian Sporle’s early goal was followed up by a Lawrence Shankland double – the first time the Scotland striker has scored more than once in a game since January last year. Micky Mellon’s side scored three goals in a Premiership fixture for the first time this season – the only other time they did so this campaign was in a 6-2 win over Brechin City in the Betfred Cup. The Terrors have now recorded back-to-back league wins – the last time they did this in the top flight was back in February 2016 when they defeated Hearts and Ross County under the management of Mixu Paatelainen.

18 – Celtic strengthened their grip on second place in the Premiership thanks to a 2-1 victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park. Saints took the lead through Shaun Rooney, but a quickfire double from Odsonne Edouard moved Neil Lennon’s side 12 points clear of Hibernian in the quest for the second Champions League spot. Edouard has now scored eight goals in his last six matches to move well clear in the race to be Premiership top scorer. The Hoops are now unbeaten in their last 18 matches against Saints in all competitions – they have picked up 15 wins and three draws since their last defeat in May 2016.

1 – Rangers defeated Kilmarnock 1-0 at Ibrox to move a step closer to the Premiership title. Ryan Jack scored the only goal of the game to leave the Light Blues needing just 13 more points to secure the title for the first time since 2010/11. It was yet another clean sheet for the Rangers defence, who have now managed 22 shut-outs in 28 Premiership matches and have conceded just eight goals in total. The Scottish league record for the fewest goals conceded in a season is 12, set by Dundee in 1902/03, and that was across just a 22-game season. For a 38 game (or more) season, the lowest tally is 14 set by Celtic in 1913/14.

13 – Heart of Midlothian moved 13 points clear at the top of the Championship thanks to a 1-1 draw with Queen of the South at Palmerston on Friday night. Robbie Neilson’s side left it late to snatch a point, with Liam Boyce netting a last-minute penalty to cancel out Ayo Obileye’s first-half spot-kick. The Jam Tarts are unbeaten in their last 13 matches with The Doonhamers in all competitions – Queens’ last victory in this fixture came in October 1963, and since then Hearts have 10 wins and three draws.