Even the weather seems to be backing Dundee United to clinch the Championship title.
The journey to Firhill on Saturday was precarious, with high winds and torrential rain keeping you company all the way west.
With no let-up in the downpour, you began to think the match between Partick Thistle and United would be at risk.
It was no shock, then, that on arrival at the stadium news came through of a pitch inspection to be carried out by referee Willie Collum.
The official gave it pass marks not once but twice and United were thus handed a golden chance to stretch their already considerable lead at the top of the table.
They grabbed it with both hands and finished up comfortable 4-1 winners on a surface that was definitely playable.
By contrast, second-placed Inverness Caley Thistle, Ayr United in third spot and fourth-placed Dundee were all defeated by the weather.
ICT’s home match against Queen of the South had been called off on Friday while the Honest Men’s trip to Dens never made it past lunchtime on Saturday, both fixtures falling victim to waterlogged pitches.
Now United lead Inverness by 17 points, Ayr by 21 and Dundee by 23.
That level of dominance would be impressive in any league in any country in the world.
Something else that would earn admiration anywhere is Lawrence Shankland’s goals record.
He scored a perfect hat-trick on Saturday, starting off with a header, adding a right-foot strike and then finishing off with one from the left peg.
Shankland had his mojo back after, by his high standard, a few quiet weeks in tangerine.
He has now scored as many times – 24 – as he has played for the Tangerines.
It all started on 38 minutes when Nicky Clark cut the Partick defence open with a great ball that made an opening for Shankland. The striker didn’t score that time but his shot was pushed away by home goalie Scott Fox for a corner.
The setpiece was taken from the left by Clark and the unmarked Shankland sent a glancing header down and into the Thistle net.
It was 2-0 to the Tangerines right before half-time when they stung the Jags again. Shankland spread the ball to his left, where Declan Glass was waiting and the young midfielder sent a cross-cum-shot across the face of goal and Adrian Sporle scored from a yard out.
United were three ahead on the hour mark and it was a beautiful goal from Shankland.
The Scotland international took possession of the ball on the left wing, cut across the front of the Partick penalty area then blasted a terrific shot low into the net with Fox helpless.
He was at it again on 66 minutes when he gave Fox no chance with a vicious strike that nearly burst the net and made it 4-0 to the Tannadice team.
Somewhat annoyingly, they lost a goal with just three minutes remaining when former Dundee frontman Kenny Miller drilled home a shot but that provided tiny consolation to the well-beaten hosts.
Shankland certainly impressed United new boy Dillon Powers, who was making his debut in midfield after joining the club the previous day.
The American said: “He really helped open a gap in the game, which gave us a little bit of breathing space in what would have been a really tough match had it gone down to the wire.”
Manager Robbie Neilson had praise for both Shankland and Powers, with the latter looking the part in the middle of the park in the absence of the injured Calum Butcher.
Regarding the hat-trick hero, Neilson said: “He had been speaking during the week about how he had gone two games without a goal.
“He seemed pretty devastated about it!
“He answered any questions with the hat-trick and there is no doubt that he is a top player.
“Our job is to get service to him and get him into good positions and he will do the rest.”
As for the debut maker, Neilson added: “I thought he was excellent.
“He showed so much composure.
“I was actually surprised that we managed to get him. When he was at Colorado Rapids he was one of the best players in the league but didn’t play much at Orlando.
“For him to come over here and forge a career in Scotland is great and he is going to be a big player for us.”
Neilson admitted his team, including Powers, took a while to find their feet on the heavy Firhill pitch but they were convincing winners in the end.
He added: “I was pleased to get the result.
“For the first 25 minutes it wasn’t a great game but we managed to get control of it.
“The match changed with the goal and it was great for Lawrence to get the hat-trick.”
Meanwhile, Jags midfielder Stuart Bannigan lamented their inability to convert their opportunities.
He said: “You need to take your chances when you are on top, don’t you?
“We had a couple of great chances early on and we were definitely the better team.
“They are top of the league for a reason and they were ruthless with their chances.
“In the second half, we petered out a bit so we’re disappointed.
“The two goals just before half time were a bit of a killer.
“When they get a chance they seem to be taking it right now with their strikers, who are top notch.”
“Top notch’” is a pretty accurate way to describe both Shankland and United against Thistle, and everyone at Tannadice should now be looking forward to the visit of Hibs in the William Hill Scottish Cup on Sunday.