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Monday 11th April 2016

Weekend in numbers

@splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games, with the focus on Rangers, Kilmarnock, Raith Rovers, Cowdenbeath and Berwick Rangers.

@splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games, with the focus on Rangers, Kilmarnock, Raith Rovers, Cowdenbeath and Berwick Rangers.

5 Rangers won the Petrofac Training Cup for the first time, defeating Peterhead 4-0 at Hampden in Sunday’s final. Mark Warburton’s side have now completed a double, having secured the Ladbrokes Championship title last Tuesday night. The Gers became the fifth club to win the second-tier title and the Challenge Cup in the same season, and the first to do so since St Mirren a decade ago.

193 Kris Boyd moved into joint-fifth place in the post-1945 top-flight goalscoring charts after netting a double in Kilmarnock’s 3-0 victory over St Johnstone. Boyd scored his 192nd and 193rd goals, moving him level with legendary Hearts striker John Robertson. Only Ally McCoist (260), Willie Wallace (223), Joe McBride (221) and Jimmy Wardhaugh (210) are now ahead of him. Boyd has netted 92 league goals in three spells with Killie, with a further 101 scored in the blue of Rangers. Killie’s victory moved them eight points clear of Dundee United at the bottom of the table –it was the first time the Ayrshire club had found the net three times in a Premiership fixture this season.

8 Raith Rovers secured a play-off spot after defeating Queen of the South 2-1 at Palmerston on Saturday. Ray McKinnon’s side are unbeaten in their last eight Ladbrokes Championship fixtures, which is their best run of form in two-and-a-half years. Saturday’s success was Raith’s third consecutive away win - the last time they achieved this was the opening three away games of the 2012/13 season. Rovers have not appeared in the top flight since 1996/97, but if they take their current form into the play-offs then they could secure a return.

3 Cowdenbeath climbed to seventh in the Ladbrokes League 1 table after defeating Brechin City 2-1 at Central Park. The Blue Brazil were bottom four weeks ago, but three consecutive wins have lifted them five points clear of Brechin at the foot of the table. Colin Nish’s side have recorded 11 victories this season and six have come in two separate three-match streaks – their current run, and another in December.  Saturday’s victory was Cowdenbeath’s fifth consecutive win over Brechin at Central Park – City haven’t beaten them in Fife since March 2008.

5 Berwick Rangers continued their impressive form in Ladbrokes League 2 by defeating title-chasing Clyde 3-0 at Shielfield. John Coughlin’s side have now recorded five consecutive home wins without conceding a single goal. The last time Berwick kept five or more consecutive home clean sheets, “Love is All Around” by Wet Wet Wet was UK No 1. That came back in 1994, when Tom Hendrie’s side set a club record of six consecutive home shut-outs. Meanwhile, you have to go back to 2009 for the last time Berwick won five in a row at Shielfield.