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The 2004–05 Scottish Premier League was won by Rangers. Rangers won the title on the final day of the season by a single point from Celtic, who had gone into the final fixtures leading, but conceded two goals in the final two minutes of their final game to Motherwell striker Scott McDonald, costing them the title.

Scottish Premier League
Season2004–05
Dates6 August 2004 – 21 May 2005
ChampionsRangers
Champions LeagueRangers
Celtic
UEFA CupHibernian
Dundee United
Intertoto CupNone
Top goalscorerJohn Hartson (25)
Biggest home winCeltic 6–0 Dunfermline (12 March)
Biggest away winLivingston 0–4 Celtic (13 April)

As league champions, Rangers qualified for the UEFA Champions League, with runners-up Celtic also qualifying. Third-placed Hibernian qualified for the UEFA Cup, as did Dundee United, who took the Scottish Cup place despite losing the final to Celtic.

Dundee were relegated, and Scottish First Division winners Falkirk were promoted.

John Hartson was the top scorer with 25 goals for Celtic, whose manager Martin O'Neill stepped down at the end of the season after five years and a host of major trophies.

Contents

TeamsEdit

Promotion and relegation from 2003–04Edit

Promoted from First Division to Premier League

Relegated from Premier League to First Division

Stadia and locationsEdit

Aberdeen Celtic Dundee Dundee United
Pittodrie Stadium Celtic Park Dens Park Tannadice Park
Capacity: 20,866[1] Capacity: 60,411[2] Capacity: 11,506[3] Capacity: 14,223[4]
       
Dunfermline Athletic


Heart of Midlothian
East End Park Tynecastle Park
Capacity: 12,509[5] Capacity: 17,420[6]
   
Hibernian Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Easter Road Caledonian Stadium[7]
Capacity: 16,531[8] Capacity: 7,500[9]
   
Kilmarnock Livingston Motherwell Rangers
Rugby Park Almondvale Stadium Fir Park Ibrox Stadium
Capacity: 17,889[10] Capacity: 10,016[11] Capacity: 13,677[12] Capacity: 50,817[13]
       

PersonnelEdit

Team Manager
Aberdeen   Jimmy Calderwood
Celtic   Martin O'Neill
Dundee   Jim Duffy
Dundee United   Gordon Chisholm
Dunfermline Athletic   Jim Leishman
Heart of Midlothian   Steven Pressley
  John McGlynn (joint caretakers)
Hibernian   Tony Mowbray
Inverness Caledonian Thistle   Craig Brewster
Kilmarnock   Jim Jefferies
Livingston   Richard Gough
Motherwell   Terry Butcher
Rangers   Alex McLeish

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Date of vacancy Manner of departure Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Aberdeen   Steve Paterson 24 May 2004 Sacked Pre-season   Jimmy Calderwood 28 May 2004
Dunfermline Athletic   Jimmy Calderwood 28 May 2004 Signed by Aberdeen   David Hay 17 June 2004
Livingston   David Hay 1 June 2004 Contract Expired   Allan Preston 4 June 2004
Heart of Midlothian   Craig Levein 29 October 2004 Signed by Leicester City 6th   John Robertson 3 November 2004
Inverness Caledonian Thistle   John Robertson 3 November 2004 Signed by Heart of Midlothian 9th   Craig Brewster 25 November 2004
Livingston   Allan Preston 25 November 2004 Sacked 12th   Richard Gough 30 November 2004
Dundee United   Ian McCall 14 March 2005 Sacked 12th   Gordon Chisholm 14 March 2005 (interim)
14 May 2005 (permanent)
Dunfermline Athletic   David Hay 3 May 2005 Sacked 12th   Jim Leishman 3 May 2005
Heart of Midlothian   John Robertson 9 May 2005 Sacked 5th   Steven Pressley
  John McGlynn (joint caretakers)
11 May 2005

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation[a]
1 Rangers 38 29 6 3 77 22 +55 93 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
2 Celtic 38 30 2 6 85 35 +50 92 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
3 Hibernian 38 18 7 13 64 57 +7 61 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round
4 Aberdeen 38 18 7 13 44 39 +5 61
5 Heart of Midlothian 38 13 11 14 43 41 +2 50
6 Motherwell 38 13 9 16 46 49 −3 48
7 Kilmarnock 38 15 4 19 49 55 −6 49
8 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 11 11 16 41 47 −6 44
9 Dundee United 38 8 12 18 41 59 −18 36 Qualification for the UEFA Cup second qualifying round[b]
10 Livingston 38 9 8 21 34 61 −27 35
11 Dunfermline Athletic 38 8 10 20 34 60 −26 34
12 Dundee 38 8 9 21 37 71 −34 33 Relegation to the Scottish First Division
Source: Scottish Professional Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
Notes:
  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ As Celtic, the 2004–05 Scottish Cup winners, qualified for the UEFA Champions League via their league position, the place in the UEFA Cup was passed onto Dundee United, the cup runners-up.

Top scorersEdit

AttendancesEdit

The average attendances for SPL clubs during the 2004–05 season are shown below:

Team Average
Celtic 57,906
Rangers 48,676
Aberdeen 13,576
Hibernian 12,541
Hearts 12,219
Dundee United 8,210
Motherwell 6,960
Dundee 6,879
Dunfermline Athletic 6,192
Kilmarnock 5,930
Livingston 5,157
Inverness CT 4,067

Source: SPL official website

Monthly awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Aberdeen Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Celtic Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Dundee Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Dundee United Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Dunfermline Athletic Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Heart of Midlothian Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Archived from the original on 2013-10-22. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  7. ^ Inverness played their first fourteen home fixtures at Pittodrie Stadium, while the Caledonian Stadium was expanded.
  8. ^ "Hibernian Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Kilmarnock Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Livingston Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Motherwell Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Rangers Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 4 November 2015.