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Monday 8th March 2021

Scottish Premiership

Weekend in numbers

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

55 – Rangers secured their first Scottish Premiership title since 2010/11 and became champions of Scotland for the 55th time on Sunday. Steven Gerrard’s side defeated St Mirren 3-0 on Saturday, before Celtic could only draw 0-0 with Dundee United at Tannadice, meaning the Light Blues are 20 points clear with six matches remaining. Gerrard is just the second English manager ever to win the Scottish top flight – the other was Frank Heaven of Third Lanark in 1903/04. Rangers clinched the title on 7th March – this is the earliest any club has won the title since 1902/03, when Hibernian sealed it on 20th December.

17 – Ross County picked up a crucial 3-2 victory over Kilmarnock at the Global Energy Stadium to move further clear of the relegation spots. A double from Billy Mckay and a first ever goal from Leo Fuhr Hjelde moved John Hughes’ side three points ahead of Hamilton Accies in 11th and four ahead of Killie in 12th. At 17, Hjelde is the youngest player ever to score for the Staggies in the top flight. County are now unbeaten in their last four matches against Killie in Dingwall, and have won five of the last eight meetings in the Highlands.

1 – St Johnstone kept their hopes of a top-six finish alive with a 1-0 victory over Hibernian at McDiarmid Park. Liam Craig scored the only goal of the game to leave Callum Davidson’s side two points behind St Mirren heading into the final pre-split fixture in a fortnight. Saints have now kept four clean sheets in their last five home matches. It was St Johnstone’s first home win against Hibs in nearly seven years; their last success came in March 2014, when Steven MacLean and a Ryan McGivern own goal handed them a 2-0 victory – Saturday’s goalscorer Craig was in the Hibernian team that day.

4 – Queen of the South moved back into the play-off spots in the Championship after coming from 2-0 down to defeat Arbroath 4-2 at Gayfield. A double from Ayo Obileye helped take Allan Johnston’s side back into fourth place – level on points with Raith and Dunfermline in second and third respectively, and three clear of Dundee in fifth. Obileye is now the second-top goalscorer in the Championship with eight goals. The Doonhamers have recorded four consecutive league victories for the first time since August-September 2016.

2 – Ayr United defeated Greenock Morton 2-0 at Cappielow to climb out of the bottom two in the Championship. Cammy Smith scored both goals to hand Ayr just their second win in 11 matches, and only their second away league win of the season. The Somerset side are now a point ahead of Morton, who occupy the relegation play-off spot. Greenock has been a happy hunting ground for the Honest Men in recent years – they have lost just once in their last six visits.