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Monday 22nd August 2016

Weekend in numbers

@splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games, with the focus on Celtic, Ross County, Raith Rovers, Alloa Athletic and Forfar Athletic.

@splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games, with the focus on Celtic, Ross County, Raith Rovers, Alloa Athletic and Forfar Athletic.
5 Celtic made it five wins in a row in all competitions with a 4-2 victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Saturday. This has often been a tricky fixture for the Bhoys, who had won on just four of their previous nine visits to Perth, but they picked up a comfortable victory to remain just a point behind Rangers with a game in hand. Brendan Rodgers’ side have been rattling in the goals of late – their previous two matches saw them win 5-0 against Motherwell and 5-2 against Hapoel Be’er Sheva. Prior to this season, the last time Celtic scored four or more goals in three consecutive matches was back in October 2002, when Martin O’Neill’s side beat Hearts 4-1 Inverness CT 4-2 and Dunfermline 4-1 in consecutive weeks.
7 Ross County moved up to third in the Ladbrokes Premiership table after defeating Kilmarnock 2-0 at the Global Energy Stadium. The Staggies have now won seven consecutive matches against Killie, a run which extends back to November 2014. This is by far their longest winning streak against any opponent since their promotion to the top flight in 2012 – they haven’t won more than four in a row against any other club in that period. County still have a long way to go to match their longest winning streak against a single opponent since joining the SFL in 1994 – the Dingwall club have won each of their last 14 matches against Montrose, a sequence which started in May 1997.
3 Raith Rovers remain top of the Ladbrokes Championship after their 2-0 victory over rivals Dunfermline at Stark’s Park on Saturday. This was the first Fife derby between the clubs in the league since March 2013 and Raith ended a run of five league matches without a win against the Pars. Rovers are now unbeaten in nine home league matches – their last defeat in Kirkcaldy was over six months ago. Raith have won their opening three league fixtures for the first time since 2010/11 – back then, their third match was, ironically, a 2-0 home win over Dunfermline.
8 Alloa Athletic remain the only club in Scotland with a 100% record in all competitions after they defeated East Fife 2-1 at the Indodrill Stadium. Jack Ross and his side have made history - the Wasps have now won eight consecutive matches - the best winning run in the club’s 138 years of existence. With three wins out of three in Ladbrokes League 1, Alloa have made their best start to a league season in 30 years, when they went on to win their opening six fixtures in the 1986/87 third tier. They will be hoping to avoid a repeat of that season, when they slumped and finished sixth.
8 Forfar Athletic surged three points clear at the top of the Ladbrokes League 2 table after defeating Berwick Rangers 2-1 at Shielfield on Saturday. The Loons have now recorded eight consecutive victories against Berwick, a run which stretches back to November 2008. Forfar will not be getting carried away with their success – last season they won their opening three League 1 fixtures, but only won five more matches in the remainder and ended up bottom.