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The 1997–98 season was the 101st season of competitive football in Scotland. Celtic won the Premier Division championship, preventing rivals Rangers from winning a record 10th successive championship. [1]

1997–98 in Scottish football
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Premier League champions
Celtic
Division One champions
Dundee
Division Two champions
Stranraer
Division Three champions
Alloa Athletic
Scottish Cup winners
Heart of Midlothian
League Cup winners
Celtic
Challenge Cup winners
Falkirk
Junior Cup winners
Arthurlie
Teams in Europe
Celtic, Dundee United, Kilmarnock, Rangers
Scotland national team
1998 World Cup qualification, 1998 World Cup
1996–97 1998–99

Scottish Premier DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Celtic (C) 36 22 8 6 64 24 +40 74 1998–99 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 Rangers 36 21 9 6 76 38 +38 72 1998–99 UEFA Cup First qualifying round
3 Heart of Midlothian 36 19 10 7 70 46 +24 67 Cup Winners' Cup 1998-99 Qualifying round
4 Kilmarnock 36 13 11 12 40 52 −12 50 1998–99 UEFA Cup First qualifying round
5 St Johnstone 36 13 9 14 38 42 −4 48
6 Aberdeen 36 9 12 15 39 53 −14 39
7 Dundee United 36 8 13 15 43 51 −8 37
8 Dunfermline Athletic 36 8 13 15 43 68 −25 37
9 Motherwell 36 9 7 20 46 64 −18 34
10 Hibernian (R) 36 6 12 18 38 59 −21 30 Relegation to First Division
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.

Top scorersEdit

Player Goals Team
  Marco Negri 32 Rangers
  Kjell Olofsson 18 Dundee United
  Henrik Larsson 16 Celtic
  Andy Smith Dunfermline Athletic
  Tommy Coyne 14 Motherwell
  Jim Hamilton Heart of Midlothian
  Owen Coyle 11 Motherwell
  Jorg Albertz 10 Rangers
  Craig Burley Celtic
  Billy Dodds Aberdeen
  Simon Donnelly Celtic
  Neil McCann Heart of Midlothian
  George O'Boyle St Johnstone
  Paul Wright Kilmarnock

Source: Soccerbot

Scottish League Division OneEdit

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Dundee (C, P) 36 20 10 6 52 24 +28 70 Premier League
2 Falkirk 36 19 8 9 56 41 +15 65
3 Raith Rovers 36 17 9 10 51 33 +18 60
4 Airdrieonians 36 16 12 8 42 35 +7 60
5 Greenock Morton 36 12 10 14 40 47 −7 46
6 St Mirren 36 11 8 17 41 53 −12 41
7 Ayr United 36 10 10 16 40 56 −16 40
8 Hamilton Academical 36 9 11 16 43 56 −13 38
9 Partick Thistle (R) 36 8 12 16 45 55 −10 36 Second Division
10 Stirling Albion (R) 36 8 10 18 40 56 −16 34
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

Top scorersEdit

P Name Goals
1   James Grady (Dundee) 15
2   Alex Bone (Stirling Albion) 13
3   Eddie Annand (Dundee) 12
=   Brian McPhee (Airdrieonians) 12
=   David Moss (Falkirk) 12
6   Stephen Cooper (Airdrieonians) 11
7   Laurent D'Jaffo (Ayr United) 10
=   Paul Hartley (Raith Rovers) 10
=   Warren Hawke (Morton) 10
=   Marino Keith (Falkirk) 10

Scottish League Division TwoEdit

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Stranraer 36 18 7 11 62 44 +18 61 Promotion to the 1998–99 First Division
2 Clydebank 36 16 12 8 48 31 +17 60
3 Livingston 36 16 11 9 56 40 +16 59
4 Queen of the South 36 15 9 12 57 51 +6 54
5 Inverness CT 36 13 10 13 65 51 +14 49
6 East Fife 36 14 6 16 51 59 −8 48
7 Forfar Athletic 36 12 10 14 51 61 −10 46
8 Clyde 36 10 12 14 40 53 −13 42
9 Stenhousemuir 36 10 10 16 44 53 −9 40 Relegation to the 1998–99 Third Division
10 Brechin City 36 7 11 18 42 73 −31 32

Top scorersEdit

P Name Goals
1   Iain Stewart (Inverness CT) 16
2   Graham Harvey (Livingston) 15
=   Ian Little (Stenhousemuir) 15
4   Martin McLauchan (Forfar Athletic) 14
5   Colin McDonald (Clydebank) 13
=   B Thomson (Inverness CT) 13
7   Ben Honeyman (Forfar Athletic) 12
8   Tommy Bryce (Queen of the South) 11
=   Matthew Dyer (East Fife) 11
=   Gordon Young (Stranraer) 11

Scottish League Division ThreeEdit

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion
1 Alloa Athletic (C, P) 36 24 4 8 78 39 +39 76 Promotion to the 1998–99 Scottish Second Division
2 Arbroath (P) 36 20 8 8 67 39 +28 68
3 Ross County 36 19 10 7 71 36 +35 67
4 East Stirlingshire 36 17 6 13 50 48 +2 57
5 Albion Rovers 36 13 5 18 60 73 −13 44
6 Berwick Rangers 36 10 12 14 47 55 −8 42
7 Queen's Park 36 10 11 15 42 55 −13 41
8 Cowdenbeath 36 12 2 22 33 57 −24 38
9 Montrose 36 10 8 18 53 80 −27 38
10 Dumbarton 36 7 10 19 42 61 −19 31
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.

Top scorersEdit

Pos Player Club Goals
1   Colin McGlashan Montrose 20
2   Willie Irvine Alloa Athletic 18
3   Billy Spence Arbroath 16
4   Derek Adams Ross County 15
5   Willie Watters Albion Rovers 13
  Davie Watt East Stirlingshire
7   Paul Forrester Berwick Rangers 10
  Lee Gardner Albion Rovers
  Brian Grant Arbroath
  Colin McKinnon Dumbarton

Other honoursEdit

Scottish clubs in EuropeEdit

Scotland national teamEdit

Date Venue Opponents Score[2] Competition Scotland scorer(s)
7 September Pittodrie, Aberdeen (H)   Belarus 4–1 WCQG4 Kevin Gallacher (2), David Hopkin (2)
11 October Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)   Latvia 2–0 WCQG4 Kevin Gallacher, Gordon Durie
12 November Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, St Etienne (A)   France 1–2 Friendly Gordon Durie
25 March Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (H)   Denmark 0–1 Friendly
22 April Easter Road, Edinburgh (H)   Finland 1–1 Friendly Darren Jackson
23 May Giants Stadium, East Rutherford NJ (A)   Colombia 2–2 Friendly John Collins, Craig Burley
30 May RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington DC (A)   USA 0–0 Friendly
10 June Stade de France, Saint-Denis (N)   Brazil 1–2 WCGA John Collins (pen.)
16 June Stade Lescure, Bordeaux (N)   Norway 1–1 WCGA Craig Burley
23 June Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, St Etienne (N)   Morocco 0–3 WCGA

Key:

  • (H) = Home match
  • (A) = Away match
  • WCQG4 = World Cup qualifying - Group 4
  • WCGA = World Cup - Group A

Notable eventsEdit

  • After the end of the season, the 10 Premier Division clubs formed a breakaway Scottish Premier League similar to the one formed in England six years earlier.
  • Celtic won the Premier Division title after nine successive title wins by Rangers.
  • Walter Smith resigned as manager of Rangers after seven years to be succeeded by Dutchman Dick Advocaat.
  • Rangers lost the Scottish Cup final 2–1 to Hearts, leaving them without a major trophy for the first time since 1986.
  • Paul Gascoigne left Rangers in March to return to England in a £3.4million move to Middlesbrough.
  • Ally McCoist left Rangers after 15 years and more than 300 goals to sign for Kilmarnock on a free transfer.
  • Goalkeeper Andy Goram left Rangers after seven years, having just walked out of the Scotland squad for the World Cup in France.
  • Also leaving Rangers after seven years was Stuart McCall, who moved to England and signed for Bradford City.
  • After signing from Perugia in a £3.5million deal at the start of the season, Italian striker Marco Negri had a dream start to his career at Rangers - scoring 23 goals in his first 10 league games. However, after playing 27 league games and scoring 32 goals, his season was ended by a serious eye injury off the field in March.
  • Brian Laudrup ended his four-year spell with Rangers and signed for Chelsea at the end of the season.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Scotland's score is shown first.