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The 1998–99 Scottish Premier League season (also known as the 1998–99 Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier League for sponsorship reasons from 11 March[1]) was the inaugural season of Scottish Premier League football, the top division of Scottish football. It began on 1 August 1998 and concluded on 23 May 1999.

Scottish Premier League
Season1998–99
Dates1 August 1998 – 23 May 1999
ChampionsRangers
PromotedDundee
RelegatedDunfermline Athletic
Champions LeagueRangers
UEFA CupCeltic (via Scottish Cup)
St Johnstone
Kilmarnock (via Fair Play)
Matches played180
Goals scored471 (2.62 per match)
Top goalscorerHenrik Larsson (29)
Biggest home winCeltic 6–1 Dundee (7 November)
Rangers 6–1 Dundee (20 February)
Biggest away winSt Johnstone 0–7 Rangers (8 November)
Highest scoringMotherwell 1–7 Celtic (21 February)
Highest attendance60,092, Celtic v St Johnstone (31 January)
Lowest attendance3,532, Dunfermline Athletic v Motherwell (23 May)
Average attendance18,577 (Green Arrow Up Darker.svg541)
1997–98 (Premier Division)

The league was made up of the twelve clubs that broke away from the Scottish Football League at the end of the 1997–98 season. Celtic went into the season as the defending Scottish champions, having won the 1997–98 Scottish First Division.

Rangers won the title with 3 matches still to play on 2 May 1999, after defeating Old Firm rivals Celtic 3–0 in controversial circumstances at Celtic Park.[2] Three players were red-carded during the game and referee Hugh Dallas was struck by a coin thrown by a Celtic supporter and required treatment from paramedics on the field.[2]

TeamsEdit

On 8 September 1997, the clubs in the Premier Division decided to split from the Scottish Football League and form a Scottish Premier League (SPL). This followed an earlier example in England, which came into force during the 1992–93 season. This decision was fuelled by a desire by the top clubs in Scotland to retain more of the revenue generated by the game. Originally, league sponsorship money was divided proportionally between clubs in all four divisions. After the SPL was formed, its clubs retained all of its commercial revenues except for an annual payment to the SFL and a parachute payment to relegated clubs.

The new league followed the same format as the previous season's Premier Division, with the ten clubs playing each other four times, twice at home and twice away. Hibernian were relegated to the First Division after finishing bottom of the 1997–98 Scottish Premier Division. They were replaced by Dundee, the champions of the previous season's First Division.

Location of clubs in 1998–99 Scottish Premier League

Stadia and locationsEdit

Aberdeen Celtic Dundee
Pittodrie Stadium Celtic Park Dens Park
Capacity: 20,866[3] Capacity: 60,411[4] Capacity: 11,506[5]
     
Dundee United Dunfermline Athletic Heart of Midlothian
Tannadice Park East End Park Tynecastle Park
Capacity: 14,223[6] Capacity: 11,480[7] Capacity: 18,008[8]
     
Kilmarnock Motherwell
Rugby Park Fir Park
Capacity: 17,889[9] Capacity: 13,677[10]
   
Rangers St Johnstone
Ibrox Stadium McDiarmid Park
Capacity: 50,817[11] Capacity: 10,696[12]
   

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Aberdeen   Paul Hegarty (caretaker) Puma[13] Atlantic Telecom
Celtic   Jozef Vengloš Umbro[14] Umbro
Dundee   Jocky Scott Avec Sport[15] Scottish Hydro Electric
Dundee United   Paul Sturrock Olympic Sports[16] Telewest
Dunfermline Athletic   Dick Campbell Avec Sport[17] Landmark
Heart of Midlothian   Jim Jefferies Olympic Sports[18] Strongbow
Kilmarnock   Bobby Williamson Puma[19] Sports Division
Motherwell   Billy Davies Xara[20] Motorola
Rangers   Dick Advocaat Nike[21] McEwan's
St Johnstone   Sandy Clark Xara[22] Scottish Hydro Electric

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Date of vacancy Manner of departure Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Celtic   Wim Jansen 11 May 1998[23] Resigned Pre-season   Jozef Vengloš 17 July 1998[24]
Rangers   Walter Smith 31 May 1998[25] Retired   Dick Advocaat 1 June 1998[26]
Dundee United   Tommy McLean 5 September 1998 Mutual consent 9th   Paul Sturrock 5 September 1998
St Johnstone   Paul Sturrock 5 September 1998 Signed by Dundee United 8th   Sandy Clark 7 September 1998
Motherwell   Harri Kampman 4 October 1998 Resigned 8th   Billy Davies 14 October 1998[27]
Aberdeen   Alex Miller 8 December 1998[28] Mutual consent 10th   Paul Hegarty (caretaker) 8 December 1998[29]
Dunfermline Athletic   Bert Paton 6 January 1999 Resigned 10th   Dick Campbell 6 January 1999[30]

OverviewEdit

The 1998–99 Scottish Premier League season ended in success for Rangers who, managed by Dutchman Dick Advocaat, won the title by six points from nearest rivals Celtic. Dunfermline Athletic were relegated after three seasons in the top division. As champions, Rangers qualified for the Champions League while Celtic were joined by St Johnstone in qualifying for the UEFA Cup. Fourth placed Kilmarnock also gained a UEFA Cup place via the UEFA Fair Play ranking.

 
The £5.5m transfer of Andrei Kanchelskis to Rangers set a new Scottish transfer record.

The season began on 1 August 1998 with the first SPL goal scored by Aberdeen's Eoin Jess as they defeated newly promoted Dundee 2–0 at Dens Park.[31] Also on the first day of the season, Craig Burley scored the SPL's first hat-trick as defending champions Celtic defeated Dunfermline Athletic 5–0 at Celtic Park.[31]

1998–99 saw the introduction of a three-week break during January, which was well received by both players and managers.[31] In its inaugural year, the SPL was broadcast to over 120 countries worldwide,[31] while attendances increased[31] and more money was invested in youth development than ever before.[31] A new Scottish transfer record was also set as Rangers paid Fiorentina £5.5m for former Manchester United and Everton winger Andrei Kanchelskis.[32]

Rangers clinched the SPL title on 3 May 1999 by beating Old Firm-rivals Celtic 3–0 at Celtic Park.[2] Three players were red-carded during the game and referee Hugh Dallas was struck by a coin thrown by a Celtic supporter and required treatment from paramedics on the field.[2]

Dunfermline Athletic were relegated to the Scottish First Division on 8 May 1999 after a 2–1 defeat to Celtic at East End Park.[33]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Rangers (C) 36 23 8 5 78 31 +47 77 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
2 Celtic 36 21 8 7 84 35 +49 71 Qualification for the UEFA Cup qualifying round[a]
3 St Johnstone 36 15 12 9 39 38 +1 57
4 Kilmarnock 36 14 14 8 47 29 +18 56
5 Dundee 36 13 7 16 36 56 −20 46
6 Heart of Midlothian 36 11 9 16 44 50 −6 42
7 Motherwell 36 10 11 15 35 54 −19 41
8 Aberdeen 36 10 7 19 43 71 −28 37
9 Dundee United 36 8 10 18 37 48 −11 34
10 Dunfermline Athletic (R) 36 4 16 16 28 59 −31 28 Relegation to the 1999–2000 Scottish First Division
Updated to match(es) played on end of season. Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since Rangers, the winners of the 1998–99 Scottish Cup, already qualified for the UEFA Champions League, Celtic, the losing finalist, earned a spot in the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup. As such, the league's UEFA Cup place moved down to third-placed St Johnstone. Scotland were also awarded an additional UEFA Cup place as the association was top of the UEFA Fair Play ranking. Kilmarnock earned this place as winners of the Scottish Fair Play ranking.

ResultsEdit

Matches 1–18Edit

During matches 1–18 each team plays every other team twice (home and away).

Home \ Away ABE CEL DND DUN DNF HOM KIL MOT RAN STJ
Aberdeen 3–2 2–2 0–3 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–1
Celtic 2–0 6–1 2–1 5–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 5–1 0–1
Dundee 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–4 0–1
Dundee United 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–2 2–2 0–0 1–1
Dunfermline Athletic 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 0–3 1–1 0–2 1–1
Heart of Midlothian 2–0 2–1 0–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 3–0 2–1 1–1
Kilmarnock 4–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 3–0 0–0 1–3 2–2
Motherwell 2–2 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–2 0–0 1–0 1–0
Rangers 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–1 4–0
St Johnstone 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–0 5–0 0–7
Source: Soccerbase
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 19–36Edit

During matches 19–36 each team plays every other team a further two times (home and away).

Home \ Away ABE CEL DND DUN DNF HOM KIL MOT RAN STJ
Aberdeen 1–5 1–2 0–4 3–1 2–5 2–1 1–1 2–4 1–0
Celtic 3–2 5–0 2–1 5–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 0–3 5–0
Dundee 1–2 0–3 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–1
Dundee United 3–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–0 0–3 1–2 0–1
Dunfermline Athletic 1–2 1–2 2–0 2–2 0–0 0–6 1–2 0–3 1–0
Heart of Midlothian 0–2 2–4 1–2 4–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 2–3 0–2
Kilmarnock 4–2 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–5 1–1
Motherwell 1–1 1–7 1–2 2–0 1–1 0–4 1–2 1–5 1–2
Rangers 3–1 2–2 6–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–0
St Johnstone 4–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 3–1
Source: Soccerbase
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorersEdit

AttendancesEdit

The average attendances for SPL clubs during the 1998–99 season are shown below:

Team Average
Celtic 59,233
Rangers 49,094
Hearts 14,232
Aberdeen 12,713
Kilmarnock 11,184
Dundee United 9,187
Motherwell 8,533
Dunfermline Athletic 7,375
Dundee 7,178
St Johnstone 7,038

Source: SPL official website

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