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Monday 20th May 2024

Weekend in numbers

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

54 - Celtic celebrated their cinch Premiership trophy day with a 3-2 victory over St Mirren at Celtic Park. Saints twice led but goals from Matt O'Riley and Kyogo Furuhashi tied things up before Luis Palma scored a late winner. Brendan Rodgers' side trailed Rangers by two points with nine matches remaining but picked up 8 wins and a draw in their final fixtures to finish eight points clear at the top of the table. The Hoops scored 27 goals in those last 9 games at an average of three per game. This season's success was their 12th league title in the last 13 seasons, and brings them to 54 in total, just one short of Rangers' Scottish record tally.

16 - St Johnstone defeated Motherwell 2-1 at Fir Park to stay up on a dramatic cinch Premiership final day. Craig Levein's side trailed Ross County by two points heading into the weekend but the Staggies could only draw 2-2 at home to Aberdeen, thus allowing Saints to move ahead of them into 10th place on goal difference. Nicky Clark opened the scoring before Adama Sidibeh scored his fifth goal in his last eight matches to seal three crucial points. Saints maintained their strong recent record at Fir Park - they have picked up three wins and a draw on their last four visits. The Perth side will now look forward to a 16th season in a row in the top flight - this is the longest consecutive run in the top tier in the club's history.

27 - Raith Rovers moved into the cinch Premiership Play-Off final thanks to a dramatic penalty shoot-out over Partick Thistle at Stark's Park. Rovers led 2-1 from the away leg, but Thistle fought back to win 2-1 on the night in Kirkcaldy and send the tie to penalties. Lewis Vaughan scored the winning spot-kick as Ian Murray's side triumphed 4-3 on penalties to consign the Jags to penalty heartache for a second consecutive season. This was Rovers' third season in the Premiership Play-Offs and they have progressed one round further each time. They were eliminated by Hibernian in the quarter-final in 2015/16 and knocked out by Dundee in the semi-final in 2020/21, but have now made it to the final. Rovers will face Ross County over two legs on Thursday and Sunday as they aim to return to the top flight for the first time in 27 seasons - they were relegated in 1996/97 and have never been back.

1 - Hamilton Academical won promotion to the second tier after defeating Inverness Caledonian Thistle 5-3 on aggregate in the cinch Championship Play-Off final. John Rankin's side won 2-1 at home in the first leg, and followed that up with a 3-2 win at the Caledonian Stadium thanks to two goals from Kevin O'Hara and one from Lewis Smith. Hamilton have now won six of their last seven matches against Inverness - they also beat them three times in the league and once in the Challenge Cup last season. The Lanarkshire side were relegated via the Play-Offs last season, but bounced back at the first time of asking after scoring 10 goals across their four play-off matches. This is the second time Accies have gained promotion via the Play-Offs - they also won the Premiership Play-Off after beating Hibernian in the final in 2013/14.

4 - Dumbarton defeated Spartans 4-3 on aggregate in the cinch League 1 Play-Off final to seal their promotion back to the third tier. Stevie Farrell's side took a 2-1 first leg lead to Edinburgh, and two goals from Michael Ruth were enough to seal a 2-2 draw at Ainslie Park and earn a return to cinch League 1 after two years away. This was the Sons' fourth consecutive season in the cinch League 1 Play-Offs - they secured safety by beating Edinburgh City in the final in 2020/21, were relegated by the same opponents in the semi-final in 2021/22 and missed out on promotion after losing to Annan Athletic in the semis last season. The Sons finished the season strongly, picking up six wins, five draws and just one defeat in their final 12 matches.

70 - Stranraer avoided relegation from the SPFL thanks to a dramatic 3-1 victory over East Kilbride at Stair Park in the cinch League 2 Play-Off final. The tie was evenly poised after a 2-2 draw in the first leg, but Scott Agnew's side looked to be heading for safety when Grant Gallagher opened the scoring just before half-time, only for Keir Samson to score with 15 minutes remaining to take the tie to extra time. Just as it looked set for penalties, Craig Ross popped up in the 117th minute before Aiden Gilmartin wrapped up the victory in the 120th minute to keep Stranraer in the SPFL. The Blues can therefore look forward to a 70th consecutive season of league football.