1975–76 Scottish Premier Division

The 1975–76 Scottish Premier Division season was won by Rangers, six points ahead of Celtic. Dundee and St Johnstone were relegated. This was the first season of the Premier Division, the highest level of Scottish football. The Scottish First Division, previously the top flight of Scottish football became the second flight.

Scottish Premier Division
Season1975–76
ChampionsRangers
RelegatedDundee
St Johnstone
European CupRangers
UEFA CupCeltic
Hibernian
Cup Winners' CupHeart of Midlothian
Matches played180
Goals scored501 (2.78 per match)
Top goalscorerKenny Dalglish (24)
Biggest home winHibernian 5–0 St Johnstone
Biggest away winAyr United 2–7 Celtic

In an attempt to bring instant drama to the new format, the league made the unusual scheduling decision to hold an Old Firm match and an Edinburgh Derby on the opening weekend.[1]

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Rangers (C) 36 23 8 5 60 24 +36 54 1976–77 European Cup First round
2 Celtic 36 21 6 9 71 42 +29 48 1976–77 UEFA Cup First round
3 Hibernian 36 18 7 11 55 43 +12 43
4 Motherwell 36 16 8 12 57 49 +8 40
5 Heart of Midlothian 36 13 9 14 39 45 −6 35 1976–77 European Cup Winners' Cup First round
6 Ayr United 36 14 5 17 46 59 −13 33
7 Aberdeen 36 11 10 15 49 50 −1 32
8 Dundee United 36 12 8 16 46 48 −2 32
9 Dundee (R) 36 11 10 15 49 62 −13 32 Relegation to First Division
10 St Johnstone (R) 36 3 5 28 29 79 −50 11
Source: Statto
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Opening weekend flashback: Remembering 1975". The Scotsman. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2017.