Rangers took over on the prime of the Ladbrokes Premiership desk after an eventful weekend which noticed Old Firm rivals Celtic undergo their first defeat of the season.

After Celtic’s shock 2-0 loss at Livingston had opened the door for the Light Blues to hit the summit for the primary time this season, Steven Gerrard’s facet made no mistake, thumping Hamilton 5-0 to maneuver two factors clear after eight video games.

Here, the PA information company takes a have a look at who topped the desk at this stage in every of Celtic’s eight title-winning campaigns since 2011-12.

2018/19 – Hearts

📝 Match Report: Hearts make it two wins from two with 1-0 victory over Celtic

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A lightning-quick begin to the season noticed Hearts prime the embryonic standings with 19 factors after eight video games. Their Edinburgh rivals Hibernian have been two factors behind in second, with Celtic third on 16 factors. The Jambos received their opening five league matches – a run which included a 1-0 dwelling victory over Celtic – earlier than extending their unbeaten begin with a draw towards Livingston and victory over St Johnstone. Their first defeat got here of their eighth league match as Rangers ran out 3-1 winners. Hearts collapsed in direction of the tip of the season, although, choosing up simply one level from their final seven video games to complete on the backside of the highest six with 51 factors.

2017/18 – Celtic

Celtic topped the desk on purpose distinction alone after each they and Aberdeen received six and drew two of their first eight league video games to achieve 20 factors. The Parkhead membership went on to win the title, ending nine factors forward of the Dons.

2016/17 – Celtic

Celtic began the season with seven wins and a single draw to take a seat on 22 factors and set up a four-point lead over second-place Aberdeen, who had performed a recreation extra at that stage. The Hoops finally completed a whopping 30 factors clear on the summit after going unbeaten for all the league marketing campaign.

2015/16 – Aberdeen

Who topped Scottish Premiership table after eight games in last eight seasons?
Paul Quinn scored the winner as 10-man Aberdeen beat Celtic (Jeff Holmes/PA)

The Dons started their league marketing campaign with eight straight victories to hit the utmost 24 factors. That gave them a five-point benefit over second-placed Celtic, who they beat 2-1 at Pittodrie in September. Celtic finally leapfrogged the Dons and received the league title by 15 factors, with Aberdeen coming second with 71 factors.

2014/15 – Dundee United

An spectacular begin to the season noticed Dundee United sit prime with 19 factors after eight matches. They received six of these video games, drew towards Hamilton and have been overwhelmed 6-1 by Celtic, who have been five factors behind the Terrors in fourth having performed a recreation much less. Dundee United went on to complete fifth, whereas Celtic received the league title by 17 factors.

2013/14 – Celtic

Who topped Scottish Premiership table after eight games in last eight seasons?
Anthony Stokes scored twice as Celtic beat Ross County on the opening day of the league season (Chris Clark/PA)

An unbeaten begin to the season, which included seven wins and a single draw, noticed Celtic prepared the ground with 22 factors. They have been three away from nearest challengers Inverness, who had performed nine video games at this level. Celtic completed the marketing campaign with 99 factors to assert one other league crown.

2012/13 – Celtic

Celtic have been two factors forward of second-placed Hibernian after profitable five and drawing two of their opening eight video games to take a seat on 17 factors. Many of the Hoops’ nearest challengers had performed a recreation greater than them. Celtic have been comfy league winners that season, ending 16 factors above Motherwell in second.

2011/12 – Rangers

Who topped Scottish Premiership table after eight games in last eight seasons?
Steven Naismith scored twice as Rangers beat Celtic early within the season (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Gers opened up a four-point lead over second-placed Celtic after following up their opening-day draw towards Hearts with seven straight league wins to rack up 22 factors after eight video games. That spectacular streak included a 4-2 Old Firm triumph at Ibrox during which Steven Naismith bagged a brace and Kyle Lafferty and Nikica Jelavic additionally scored. But Celtic went on to win the title by 10 factors, with Rangers ending a distant second.