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Monday 17th August 2015

Weekend in numbers

@splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games:

@splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games:

4 Early Ladbrokes Premiership leaders Heart of Midlothian defeated Ross County 2-1 at the Global Energy Stadium to maintain their 100% record. Prior to this season, the last non-Glasgow side to start a top-flight campaign with four wins in a row were George Burley’s Hearts team in 2005/06 – they went on to win eight on the spin. The Jam Tarts have continued their tremendous away form from last season’s Championship campaign - they have now picked up 50 points from a possible 60 under Robbie Neilson’s stewardship. Hearts are continuing to score goals at will – they have netted at least twice in each of their last eight matches - the first time they have done so since 1982.

2,500 Celtic’s 4-2 home win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle marked their 2,500th Scottish league victory. The Parkhead club are just the second Scottish side to reach this landmark, with Rangers having done so in December 2011. The Bhoys have played 4,025 league matches since joining the Scottish League as a founder member in 1890 – their win rate over that 125-year period is 62.1%. It was a 10th consecutive home win for Ronny Deila’s men, who have scored 32 and conceded just three in that period. Eight of those goals came from Leigh Griffiths, whose goal on Saturday was his 99th in Scottish league football.

5 Rangers moved to the top of the Ladbrokes Championship table with a thumping 5-1 victory away to Alloa Athletic on Sunday. It was the first time the Ibrox club had scored five goals in an away league match since August 2013, when Airdrieonians were beaten 6-0 at the Excelsior Stadium. Kenny Miller has started in tremendous form – he has already netted five goals, more than half his total for the entirety of last season. The former Scotland striker scored a double on Sunday, the first time he has done so in a league match since bagging a brace for Vancouver Whitecaps against New York Red Bulls in MLS in March 2014.

7 Dunfermline Athletic continued their incredible start to the season by smashing Fife rivals Cowdenbeath 7-1 at East End Park. The Pars have been gradually increasing their winning margins since the start of the season - in their previous three matches they beat Arbroath 4-1, Cowdenbeath 5-1 and Brechin City 6-1. Faissal El Bakhtaoui has netted a double in each of his side’s four matches – the Moroccan was the Pars’ top scorer with nine goals last season, but is already just one short of that tally this term. Dunfermline’s last 7-1 victory came against Stenhousemuir in the Scottish Cup in January 2010, but that one was wiped from the records after they were found to have fielded an ineligible player. Oasis were UK No 1 with “All Around the World” the last time Dunfermline legitimately scored seven goals in a match – that was a 7-2 Scottish Cup win over Edinburgh City in January 1998.

5 East Fife bounced back from a disappointing opening-day by defeating Berwick Rangers 5-0 at Bayview. The Fifers had previously lost five out of six home matches against Berwick but they ended that run of poor in some style. It was the Methil club’s biggest league victory in almost five years, since they defeated Stenhousemuir 6-0 in SFL2 in December 2010. East Fife have now recorded 150 wins in the fourth tier of Scottish football, becoming just the eighth side to do so since it was formed in 1994 - the others are Queen’s Park, Albion Rovers, Montrose, East Stirlingshire, Berwick Rangers, Elgin City and Cowdenbeath.