Scottish Premiership round-up: Rangers edge past Dundee; Celtic stumble; Hibs and Hearts remain unbeaten

๐Ÿ”ฅ Erling Haaland has outscored his xG by almost 100% so far this season:

๐Ÿ”น 14 goals
๐Ÿ”น 7.221 xG
๐Ÿ”น 6.779 goals over expected

After 8 games, his xG is higher than Romelu Lukaku had throughout the entire 2021/22 season.

#MCIMUN | #MCFC

๐ŸŒช๏ธ These 10 running backs have picked up the most rushing yards over expected in the #NFL so far, according to @NextGenStats.

โšก๏ธ No surprise to see #Giants’ @saquon topping the list. Also check out #Jets’ rookie Bryce Hall making an appearance.

#TogetherBlue #TakeFlight

#LUFC have been one of the most intense teams in the @premierleague so far this season. But they’re also technically strong.

Players with successful most passes between the lines:

๐Ÿ”น Marc Roca: 35
๐Ÿ”น Adams: 22
๐Ÿ”น Kristensen: 18
๐Ÿ”น Harrison: 17
๐Ÿ”น Struijk: 16

#LEEAVL

The #NFL has come to the UK! ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

๐Ÿ”ฅ The first of three London games sees the most aggressive QB in the league – @Saints’ Jameis Winston – take on the @Vikings.

โšก๏ธ Will Cousins, Jefferson, Cook & co. have too much for the Saints defense?

#MINvsNO #Vikings #Saints

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๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐˜ฟ๐™š๐™ง๐™—๐™ฎ

#MCFC rank 2nd for distance covered per game. Their city rivals, on the other hand, rank 18th. #MUFC were highly effective on the counter against Arsenal, and City have looked shaky at times in defence.

An intriguing game. โฌ‡๏ธ

#MCIMUN

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Dundee 0-1 Rangers

Rangers remain top of the Scottish Premiership after they secured a tight 1-0 win away at bottom club Dundee.

Ibrox midfielder Joe Aribo finished a well-worked move to earn the win in the 16th minute.

Joe Aribo scores to make it 1-0 Rangers during a Premiership match between Dundee and Rangers. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The home side had chances to get at least a point: Jordan McGhee and Leigh Griffiths were guilty of missing good opportunities.

The big talking point of the game came with just over half an hour remaining as Dundee forward Paul McMullan was hauled down in the penalty box by Rangersโ€™ keeper Jon McLaughlin.

Referee Bobby Madden enraged Dundee boss James McPake by only showing McLaughlin a yellow card.

Ex-Gers striker Jason Cummingsโ€™ penalty was then saved by the Scotland internationalโ€™s legs and Rangers held on for the win.


Celtic 1-1 Dundee United

Celticโ€™s early season difficulties continued as they followed up last weekendโ€™s defeat at Livingston with a 1-1 draw at home to Dundee United.

Ange Postecogluโ€™s side were 1-0 up after sixteen minutes thanks to Liel Abada however the lead lasted only two minutes as Ian Harkes equalised for the visitors.

The Glasgow side missed a series of chances, including Albien Ajeti blasting over from three yards, but could not find the winner much to the frustration of the home support.

Dundee United can also consider themselves unlucky as they have a strong first-half penalty claim denied but will be delighted with the point.


Heart of Midlothian 3-0 Livingston

Hearts kept up their strong start to the season with a dominant 3-0 home victory over struggling Livingston.

Northern Ireland international Michael Smith with an excellent opener was added to by Liam Boyce converting from the penalty spot before half time. The scoring was completed in the second half by Alex Cochrane.


Hibernian 1-0 St Johnstone

Hibernian also kept up their unbeaten run with a 1-0 win at home to St Johnstone.

Martin Boyleโ€™s penalty in the 61stย minute won the game however the visitors were furious with the award with Jamie McCart adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area.

Replays did show the ball hit the arm of the Saintsโ€™ defender from close distance, but it looked a soft decision.

McCart was booked for the penalty incident and it got worse for him as he received his marching orders for a second booking fifteen minutes later after the defender sarcastically applauded the assistant referee.

St Johnstone could not find a way back into the match and Hibs held on for the three points.


St Mirren 3-2 Aberdeen

St Mirren came from behind to add to Aberdeenโ€™s woes in a five-goal thriller in Paisley.

Connor Ronan initially put the Buddies ahead but were behind by half-time thanks to a Scott Brown goal and an excellent Christian Ramirez header.

The game turned again in the 51stย minute, Teddy Jenks picked up a second yellow and subsequent red card to reduce Aberdeen to ten men.

Ten minutes later St Mirren were 3-2 up, Connor Roman doubling his tally before former Dons striker Curtis Main headed home from close range.


Motherwell 2-1 Ross County

Motherwell emerged 2-1 winners in a hard-fought battle as they hosted Ross County.

Callum Slattery superbly opened the scoring with two minutes on the clock, but County were level as a Regan Charles-Cook cross sneaked its way into the Motherwell net.

Tony Watt stole the points for Motherwell in the 80thย minute to carry on the Lanarkshire sideโ€™s impressive recent run.


What it means

Rangers lead the table but Hibs, Hearts and Motherwell remain hot on their heels.

Celtic have fallen six points behind the Champions and find themselves sixth in the league, one place behind Dundee United.

Aberdeenโ€™s bad run of form continues as they occupy a spot in the bottom half of the table ahead of their conquerors from the weekend, St Mirren, who move up the table to eighthย with their first league win of the season.

No change in the bottom three after the defeats for Livingston, Ross County and Dundee โ€“ County and Dundee are the only sides without a win this season.

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๐Ÿ”ฅ Erling Haaland has outscored his xG by almost 100% so far this season:

๐Ÿ”น 14 goals
๐Ÿ”น 7.221 xG
๐Ÿ”น 6.779 goals over expected

After 8 games, his xG is higher than Romelu Lukaku had throughout the entire 2021/22 season.

#MCIMUN | #MCFC

๐ŸŒช๏ธ These 10 running backs have picked up the most rushing yards over expected in the #NFL so far, according to @NextGenStats.

โšก๏ธ No surprise to see #Giants’ @saquon topping the list. Also check out #Jets’ rookie Bryce Hall making an appearance.

#TogetherBlue #TakeFlight

#LUFC have been one of the most intense teams in the @premierleague so far this season. But they’re also technically strong.

Players with successful most passes between the lines:

๐Ÿ”น Marc Roca: 35
๐Ÿ”น Adams: 22
๐Ÿ”น Kristensen: 18
๐Ÿ”น Harrison: 17
๐Ÿ”น Struijk: 16

#LEEAVL

The #NFL has come to the UK! ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

๐Ÿ”ฅ The first of three London games sees the most aggressive QB in the league – @Saints’ Jameis Winston – take on the @Vikings.

โšก๏ธ Will Cousins, Jefferson, Cook & co. have too much for the Saints defense?

#MINvsNO #Vikings #Saints

๐Ÿ”ต๐Ÿ”ด

๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐˜ฟ๐™š๐™ง๐™—๐™ฎ

#MCFC rank 2nd for distance covered per game. Their city rivals, on the other hand, rank 18th. #MUFC were highly effective on the counter against Arsenal, and City have looked shaky at times in defence.

An intriguing game. โฌ‡๏ธ

#MCIMUN

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