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Monday 21st September 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:

8 Aberdeen defeated Hearts 3-1 at Tynecastle to continue their 100% start to the Ladbrokes Premiership season. The Dons have now won eight games out of eight, and are just one victory away from matching the best post-WW1 start to a top-flight season. David Goodwillie was the hero on Sunday, scoring his first two goals of the season as Derek McInnes’ side raced into a 3-0 lead by half-time. Goodwillie had not scored a double in the league since April 2011, when he netted twice for Dundee United in a 4-2 victory over Kilmarnock. The striker has now scored 40 goals in the Scottish top flight – he netted 32 in his two spells at Dundee United, and has added eight since joining Aberdeen last season.

6 Celtic kept up the pressure on the Dons at the top of the table by thrashing Dundee 6-0 at Celtic Park. The victory extended the Bhoys’ unbeaten run against the Dark Blues to 24 matches, with 21 victories and three draws. Ronny Deila’s side have now recorded 13 consecutive home wins in all competitions, scoring 44 goals in the process. Leigh Griffiths scored Celtic’s second goal yesterday - the Scotland striker has now scored in six consecutive Ladbrokes Premiership matches, becoming the first Celtic player to do so since Anthony Stokes in January and February 2011. It is the second time Griffiths has scored in six straight top-flight matches – he did so for Hibernian in 2012.

11 Rangers kept up their perfect start to the 2015/16 season by defeating Dumbarton 2-1 at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium thanks to a double from Martyn Waghorn, who now has 11 goals in 11 appearances for the club. Mark Warburton’s side have strung together 11 victories in all competitions, and have already notched 40 goals. In comparison, the Gers picked up 11 wins and netted 40 times in their last 29 matches of the 2014/15 season. Rangers are now more than halfway to beating their club record of 20 consecutive victories, which was set by Ally McCoist’s side during the 2013/14 campaign.

16 Ayr United climbed to the top of Ladbrokes League 1 after coming from behind to beat Airdrieonians 2-1 at the Excelsior Stadium, thanks to goals from Craig Moore and Brian Gilmour. Ian McCall’s side lost their opening game of the season against Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill, but since then have picked up five wins and a draw. This is their best start to a season since 1987/88, when they earned five wins and two draws from their opening seven matches on their way to winning the Division Two title. Saturday’s victory was their third straight away win in the league – the first time they have managed three in a row since 2008/09, another season in which they were promoted from the third tier.

20 East Fife defeated Clyde 1-0 at Bayview to move to within a point of Annan Athletic at the top of the Ladbrokes League 2 table. Annan lead the way with 13 points, but the Fifers are one of five sides who have recorded four wins and three defeats to sit on 12 points. Gary Naysmith’s side have not drawn a league match since the last time they hosted the Bully Wee, way back in February. Since then, East Fife have played 20 league matches, winning 12 and losing eight.