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Monday 23rd August 2021

Dundee United Montrose cinch Premiership

Weekend in Numbers

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

6 – Celtic continued their recent run of good form with a 6-0 victory over St. Mirren at Celtic Park in the cinch Premiership. Ange Postecoglou’s side have now recorded six consecutive victories in all competitions, and have racked up 24 goals in the process. The Hoops have scored six goals in consecutive league matches for the first time since Jock Stein was in charge – that was back in December 1973 when they defeated Falkirk and Dunfermline Athletic by 6-0 scorelines. David Turnbull netted the first hat-trick of his career – Celtic have now had seven hat-tricks by seven different players since the start of 2019, with Turnbull joining Scott Sinclair, Ryan Christie, Leigh Griffiths, Odsonne Edouard, Mo Elyounoussi and Kyogo Furuhashi.

6 – Dundee United defeated St Johnstone 1-0 at McDiarmid Park in the cinch Premiership to continue their impressive start to the season. Since Thomas Courts took over in the summer, United have won six of their eight matches, plus a penalty shoot-out success over Ayr in one of the others, with the only defeat coming against Aberdeen. Of those six victories, five have been with a 1-0 scoreline. The Terrors extended their unbeaten run agains Saints to six matches – they have picked up three wins and three draws since their last defeat back in 2015.

1 – Inverness Caledonian Thistle continued their perfect start to the cinch Championship season with a 1-0 victory over Ayr United at the Caledonian Stadium. Tom Walsh scored the only goal of the game to make it three wins out of three for Billy Dodds’ side in the league. The Caley Jags are one of just two sides in the SPFL with a 100% record – the other being cinch Championship leaders Kilmarnock, who they face in Ayrshire next weekend. All three of Inverness’ victories have been by a 1-0 scoreline – amazingly this is the second time this year they’ve had three straight 1-0 wins in the league, having also managed this back in March.

5 – Montrose beat East Fife 2-0 at the Locality Hub Bayview Stadium to move to the top of the cinch League 1 table. Stewart Petrie’s side have picked up 10 points from their opening four matches, and sit atop the table courtesy of having a better goal difference than Falkirk. The last time they had this tally after four games was back in 2017/18, when they went on to win the League 2 title. The Gable Endies have picked up four wins and a draw in their last five visits to Methil – their last defeat was back in April 2016.

3 – Annan Athletic climbed to second place in cinch League 2 courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Albion Rovers at The Reigart Stadium. After losing their opening game, Peter Murphy’s side have recorded three consecutive victories to leave them just a point behind leaders Kelty Hearts. It’s the first time the Galabankies have won three straight league matches since the final games of the 2018/19 season.