2003–04 Scottish Premier League
The 2003–04 Scottish Premier League was won by Celtic.
|Dates||8 August 2003 – 15 May 2004|
|UEFA Cup||Heart of Midlothian|
|Top goalscorer||Henrik Larsson (30)|
|Biggest home win||Celtic 6–0 Hibernian (27 December)|
|Biggest away win||Kilmarnock 0–5 Celtic (1 November)|
|Highest attendance||59,739 – Celtic v Dunfermline (2 May)|
|Lowest attendance||2,677 – Livingston v Kilmarnock (7 April)|
As league champions, Celtic qualified for the UEFA Champions League, with runners-up Rangers also qualifying. Third-placed Hearts qualified for the UEFA Cup, as did Dunfermline Athletic, who took the Scottish Cup place despite losing the final to Celtic.
During the season, Celtic set a Scottish record of 25 successive wins.
Celtic's Henrik Larsson was the top scorer with 30 goals.
Promotion and relegation from 2002–03Edit
Motherwell finished bottom of the 2002–03 Scottish Premier League but were spared relegation, as 2002–03 Scottish First Division champions Falkirk were denied promotion due to their lack of an appropriate stadium for the Scottish Premier League.
Stadia and locationsEdit
|Pittodrie Stadium||Celtic Park||Dens Park||Tannadice Park|
|Capacity: 20,866||Capacity: 60,411||Capacity: 11,506||Capacity: 14,223|
|Dunfermline Athletic||Heart of Midlothian|
|East End Park||Tynecastle Park|
|Capacity: 12,509||Capacity: 17,420|
|Easter Road||Rugby Park|
|Capacity: 16,531||Capacity: 17,889|
|Almondvale Stadium||Fir Park||Firhill Stadium||Ibrox Stadium|
|Capacity: 10,016||Capacity: 13,677||Capacity: 13,300||Capacity: 50,817|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Date of vacancy||Manner of departure||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Partick Thistle||John Lambie||24 May 2003||Retired||Pre-season||Gerry Collins||25 May 2003|
|Livingston||Jim Leishman||4 June 2003||Resigned||Márcio Máximo||4 June 2003|
|Livingston||Márcio Máximo||14 October 2003||Resigned||8th||David Hay||15 October 2003|
|Partick Thistle||Gerry Collins||30 November 2003||Sacked||12th|| Gerry Britton
Derek Whyte (co-managers)
|30 November 2003 (interim)|
23 December 2003 (permanent)
|Hibernian||Bobby Williamson||20 April 2003||Signed by Plymouth Argyle||7th||Tony Mowbray||24 May 2004|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation[a]|
|1||Celtic||38||31||5||2||105||25||+80||98||Qualification for the Champions League group stage|
|2||Rangers||38||25||6||7||76||33||+43||81||Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round|
|3||Heart of Midlothian||38||19||11||8||56||40||+16||68||Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[b]|
|8||Hibernian||38||11||11||16||41||60||−19||44||Qualification for the UEFA Intertoto Cup second round[c]|
|12||Partick Thistle||38||6||8||24||39||67||−28||26||Relegation to the Scottish First Division|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
- Teams played each other three times (33 matches), before the league split into two groups (the top six and the bottom six) for the last five matches.
- As Celtic, the 2003–04 Scottish Cup winners, qualified for the UEFA Champions League via their league position, the place in the UEFA Cup was passed onto Dunfermline Athletic, the cup runners-up.
- Hibernian qualified for the 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup as the highest placed team to apply to participate in the competition.
|James Grady||Partick Thistle||15|
|Stevie Crawford||Dunfermline Athletic||13|
|Mark de Vries||Hearts||13|
Source: SPL official website
The average attendances for SPL clubs during the 2003/04 season are shown below:
Source: SPL official website
|August||Alex McLeish (Rangers)||Michael Ball (Rangers)||Mikel Arteta (Rangers)|
|September||Alex McLeish (Rangers)||Shota Arveladze (Rangers)||Zurab Khizanishvili (Rangers)|
|October||Martin O'Neill (Celtic)||Roddy McKenzie (Livingston)||Liam Miller (Celtic)|
|November||Martin O'Neill (Celtic)||Chris Sutton (Celtic)||Stephen Hughes (Rangers)|
|December||Steve Paterson (Aberdeen)||Craig Brewster (Dunfermline Athletic)||Craig Gordon (Hearts)|
|January||Jim Duffy (Dundee)||Stilian Petrov (Celtic)||David Clarkson (Motherwell)|
|February||Terry Butcher (Motherwell)||Steven Pressley (Hearts)||Alexander Diamond (Aberdeen)|
|March||Ian McCall (Dundee United)||Neil Lennon (Celtic)||David Marshall (Celtic)|
|April||Jimmy Calderwood (Dunfermline Athletic)||Barry Nicholson (Dunfermline Athletic)||Derek Riordan (Hibernian)|
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