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The 2006–07 Scottish Premier League season was the ninth season of the Scottish Premier League. It began on 29 July 2006.

Scottish Premier League
Season2006–07
Dates29 July 2006 – 20 May 2007
ChampionsCeltic
RelegatedDunfermline
Champions LeagueCeltic
Rangers
UEFA CupAberdeen
Dunfermline
Intertoto CupNone
Top goalscorerKris Boyd (20)
Biggest home winMotherwell 5–0 Kilmarnock (30 September)
Biggest away winMotherwell 1–6 Hibernian (18 November)

The league champions, Celtic and runners-up, Rangers, qualified for the UEFA Champions League on the return of Walter Smith as manager following a brief and disastrous reign by Frenchman Paul Le Guen. The team finishing third, Aberdeen qualified for the UEFA Cup, as did the Scottish Cup finalists Dunfermline Athletic. However, being the bottom-placed team in the SPL, Dunfermline were also relegated to the First Division.

Contents

TeamsEdit

Promotion and relegation from 2005–06Edit

Promoted from First Division to Premier League

Relegated from Premier League to First Division

Stadia and locationsEdit

Aberdeen Celtic Dundee United Dunfermline Athletic
Pittodrie Stadium Celtic Park Tannadice Park East End Park
Capacity: 20,866[1] Capacity: 60,411[2] Capacity: 14,223[3] Capacity: 12,509[4]
       
Falkirk


Heart of Midlothian
Falkirk Stadium Tynecastle Park
Capacity: 7,937[5] Capacity: 17,420[6]
   
Hibernian Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Easter Road Caledonian Stadium
Capacity: 16,531[7] Capacity: 7,500[8]
   
Kilmarnock Motherwell Rangers St Mirren
Rugby Park Fir Park Ibrox Stadium Love Street
Capacity: 17,889[9] Capacity: 13,677[10] Capacity: 50,817[11] Capacity: 10,800[12]
       

PersonnelEdit

Team Manager
Aberdeen   Jimmy Calderwood
Celtic   Gordon Strachan
Dundee United   Craig Levein
Dunfermline Athletic   Stephen Kenny
Falkirk   John Hughes
Heart of Midlothian   Anatoliy Korobochka
Hibernian   John Collins
Inverness Caledonian Thistle   Charlie Christie
Kilmarnock   Jim Jefferies
Motherwell   Maurice Malpas
Rangers   Walter Smith
St Mirren   Gus MacPherson

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Date of vacancy Manner of departure Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Rangers   Alex McLeish 8 May 2006 Sacked Pre-season   Paul Le Guen 9 May 2006
Motherwell   Terry Butcher 17 May 2006 Signed by Sydney FC   Maurice Malpas 17 May 2006
Hibernian   Tony Mowbray 13 October 2006 Signed by West Bromwich Albion 7th   John Collins 31 October 2006
Dunfermline Athletic   Jim Leishman 26 October 2006 Became Director of Football 11th   Stephen Kenny 10 November 2006
Dundee United   Craig Brewster 29 October 2006 Sacked 12th   Craig Levein 30 October 2006
Rangers   Paul Le Guen 4 January 2007 Mutual consent 2nd   Walter Smith 10 January 2007
Heart of Midlothian   Valdas Ivanauskas 20 March 2007 Mutual consent 4th   Anatoliy Korobochka 20 March 2007 (caretaker)
30 July 2007 (permanent)

EventsEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation[a]
1 Celtic 38 26 6 6 65 34 +31 84 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
2 Rangers 38 21 9 8 61 32 +29 72 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
3 Aberdeen 38 19 8 11 55 38 +17 65 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round
4 Heart of Midlothian 38 17 10 11 47 35 +12 61
5 Kilmarnock 38 16 7 15 47 54 −7 55
6 Hibernian 38 13 10 15 56 46 +10 49
7 Falkirk 38 15 5 18 49 47 +2 50
8 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 11 13 14 42 48 −6 46
9 Dundee United 38 10 12 16 40 59 −19 42
10 Motherwell 38 10 8 20 41 61 −20 38
11 St Mirren 38 8 12 18 31 51 −20 36
12 Dunfermline Athletic 38 8 8 22 26 55 −29 32 Relegation to the Scottish First Division and
qualification for UEFA Cup second qualifying round[b]
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 Scottish Cup winners, qualified for the Champions League via their league position, the place in the UEFA Cup was passed to Dunfermline Athletic, the cup runner-up.

ResultsEdit

Matches 1–22Edit

During matches 1–22 each team played every other team twice (home and away).

Home \ Away ABE CEL DUN DNF FAL HOM HIB INV KIL MOT RAN STM
Aberdeen 0–1 3–1 1–0 2–1 1–3 2–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–2 2–0
Celtic 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 3–0 4–1 2–1 2–0 2–0
Dundee United 3–1 1–4 0–0 1–2 0–1 0–3 3–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0
Dunfermline Athletic 0–3 1–2 2–1 0–3 1–2 0–4 0–0 3–2 0–2 1–1 2–1
Falkirk 0–2 0–1 5–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–1
Heart of Midlothian 0–1 2–1 4–0 1–1 0–0 3–1 4–1 0–2 4–1 0–1 0–1
Hibernian 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–1 5–1
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–2 0–0 0–0 3–4 0–1 2–1 1–2
Kilmarnock 1–0 1–2 0–0 5–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–1
Motherwell 0–2 1–1 2–3 2–1 4–2 0–1 1–6 1–4 5–0 1–2 0–0
Rangers 1–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 4–0 2–0 3–0 0–1 3–0 1–1 1–1
St Mirren 1–1 1–3 1–3 0–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–3
Source:[citation needed]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–33Edit

During matches 23–33 each team played every other team once (either at home or away).

Home \ Away ABE CEL DUN DNF FAL HOM HIB INV KIL MOT RAN STM
Aberdeen 1–2 2–4 3–0 1–0 1–1
Celtic 2–1 2–1 4–0 2–0 0–1 3–1
Dundee United 0–3 0–0 1–5 0–0 1–1
Dunfermline Athletic 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–0
Falkirk 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–2 2–1
Heart of Midlothian 1–4 0–4 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1
Hibernian 0–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 0–2
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1–2 1–0 1–3 1–1 3–0 2–1
Kilmarnock 1–2 1–0 0–2 3–2 1–3
Motherwell 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–1
Rangers 3–0 5–0 2–1 0–0 1–1
St Mirren 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–2 0–0 0–1
Source:[citation needed]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 34–38Edit

During matches 34–38 each team played every other team in their half of the table once.

GoalsEdit

AttendancesEdit

Overall 3.7 million spectators attended an average per match of just over 8,090. The average and highest attendances for SPL clubs during the 2006/07 season are shown below:

Club Average Highest
Celtic 57,928 59,659
Rangers 49,955 50,488
Hearts 16,937 17,369
Hibernian 14,587 16,747
Aberdeen 12,475 20,045
Dundee United 7,147 12,329
Kilmarnock 6,807 13,506
Dunfermline Athletic 6,106 8,561
Motherwell 5,877 11,745
St Mirren 5,609 10,251
Falkirk 5,387 7,245
Inverness CT 4,879 7,522

Source: SPL official website

Monthly awardsEdit

See alsoEdit

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 United Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Dunfermline Athletic Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Falkirk 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 22 October 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Hibernian Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Kilmarnock Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Motherwell Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Rangers Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  12. ^ "St Mirren Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 4 November 2015.