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Monday 21st November 2016

Weekend in numbers

Resident statto @splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games, with the focus on Rangers, Motherwell, Morton, Airdrie and Stirling.

Resident statto @splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games, with the focus on Rangers, Motherwell, Morton, Airdrie and Stirling.

30 Rangers remain third in the Ladbrokes Premiership after leaving it late to defeat Dundee 1-0 on Saturday. Mark Warburton’s side have now gone 30 matches unbeaten at Ibrox, which is their best run of home form since 2001/02. The Gers’ last home defeat came against St Johnstone in the League Cup in September 2015 – since then they have recorded 24 victories and six draws. Defeat for Dundee extended their winless streak against Rangers to 19 matches – their last victory came at Ibrox in March 2001.

12 Motherwell climbed into the top six of the Ladbrokes Premiership after defeating Partick Thistle 2-0 at Fir Park. The Steelmen are unbeaten in their last 12 home matches against the Jags, a run which extends back over 20 years. The album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory by Oasis was UK No 1 the last time Thistle won at Fir Park – a 2-0 success in January 1996 when Tommy Turner and Gregg Watson scored their goals. Since then, Well have managed eight victories and four draws against Thistle in Lanarkshire.

12 Morton remain in third place in the Ladbrokes Championship after holding Dundee United to a goalless draw. Jim Duffy’s side have turned Cappielow into a fortress in recent times – Saturday’s draw extended their unbeaten home streak to 12 matches in all competitions, which marks their best run of form at Cappielow since 2008. Their last defeat in Greenock came in March, when they lost 1-0 to Raith Rovers. Since then, Morton have picked up eight victories and four draws, and have conceded just seven goals.

5 Airdrieonians defeated Alloa Athletic 2-1 at the Excelsior Stadium to move into second place in Ladbrokes League 1.  The Diamonds made a slow start to their league campaign but have now recorded five consecutive victories to climb from seventh to second. The last time Airdrie managed five or more wins in a row was back in 2011/12, a season which eventually finished with them gaining promotion to the second tier. A victory against Livingston in the Scottish Cup next week would see Airdrie match their best winning run since 2002.

2 Stirling Albion pulled off a stunning comeback to avoid slipping to ninth place in Ladbrokes League 2. The Binos trailed Arbroath 2-0 heading into the last 30 seconds of Saturday’s match but snatched a point after Sean Dickson netted two goals in quick succession – the second a stunning stoppage-time volley.  It was the second game of a late drama in a row for new boss Dave Mackay – his side grabbed a last-minute winner to beat Elgin 3-2 the previous week.