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Monday 30th August 2021

Rangers Arbroath cinch Premiership

Weekend in Numbers

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

4 – Hibernian remain top of the cinch Premiership as a result of a 2-0 victory over Livingston at Easter Road. Kevin Nisbet opened the scoring for the Hibees before Martin Boyle wrapped up the points with his seventh goal of the season. Boyle has scored in each of Hibs’ four opening league matches – he is the first Hibs player to do so in a top-flight season since Jim Scott in 1964/65, though Jason Cummings did achieve this feat in the 2016/17 Championship. Hibs remain unbeaten at Easter Road this season – they’ve picked up four wins and one draw, and have only conceded a single goal.

7 – Rangers defeated Celtic 1-0 at Ibrox to continue their incredible home winning run in the cinch Premiership. Filip Helander scored the only goal of the game to hand the Gers their 21st consecutive home league win – they are now just five short of matching Celtic’s top-flight record set between 2002 and 2004. Steven Gerrard’s side are now unbeaten in their last seven Old Firm matches stretching back to December 2019 – this is their best run in this fixture since Dick Advocaat’s side had a similar seven-game stretch between January 1999 and March 2000.

3 – Arbroath climbed to fourth in the cinch Championship thanks to an impressive 3-0 victory over Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park. Two goals from Mikey McKenna and one from David Gold handed the Red Lichties their biggest away win in the second tier since they beat Alloa Athletic by the same scoreline in August 2002. Arbroath had lost on each of their previous six visits to Dunfermline, with their last win coming back in August 2013. Saturday’s success was their biggest win over the Pars in Fife since December 1936, when goals from Alex Brand, John Lowe and a double from Andrew Adams handed them a 4-1 victory.

7 – Queen’s Park defeated Falkirk 1-0 at the Falkirk Stadium to move to the top of cinch League 1. Simon Murray scored the only goal of the game to extend the Spiders’ unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions. Saturday’s match was the first meeting between the sides in any competition in 38 years – the last time they faced each other was a 1-1 draw at Hampden in the second tier in April 1983. Queen’s Park had not won any of their previous 13 matches against the Bairns – their last success came at Brockville in February 1978, when they won 3-0 thanks to two goals from Derek Wood and one from Alan Horn.

5 – Kelty Hearts remain top of cinch League 2 thanks to a 4-1 victory over Stenhousemuir at Ochilview. Goals from Alfredo Agyeman (2), Joe Cardle and Jamie Barjonas ensured that Kevin Thomson’s side moved on to 13 points from their opening five league matches. This is an identical points tally to that achieved by Cove Rangers, the last club promoted into League 2, at the same stage of the season – Cove would go on to win the title in their first year in the SPFL.