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The 2009–10 Scottish Premier League season was the twelfth season of the Scottish Premier League. Rangers were the defending champions and they retained the championship with three games to spare by winning 1–0 against Hibernian at Easter Road on 25 April.[2] The competition began on 15 August 2009 and ended on 9 May 2010.

Scottish Premier League
Season2009–10
Dates15 August 2009 – 9 May 2010
ChampionsRangers
RelegatedFalkirk
Champions LeagueRangers
Celtic
Europa LeagueDundee United
Hibernian
Motherwell
Matches played228
Goals scored586 (2.57 per match)
Top goalscorerKris Boyd (23)
Biggest home winRangers 7–1 Dundee United
Biggest away winNine wins by three clear goals[1]
Highest scoringMotherwell 6–6 Hibernian (12)
Highest attendanceCeltic v St Johnstone: 58,500
Celtic v Dundee United: 58,500
Lowest attendanceHamilton Academical v Heart of Midlothian: 2,003
Average attendanceRangers: 47,564

Contents

ClubsEdit

Promotion and relegation from 2008–09Edit

Promoted from First Division to Premier League

Relegated from Premier League to First Division

Stadia and locationsEdit

Aberdeen Celtic Dundee United Falkirk
Pittodrie Stadium Celtic Park Tannadice Park Falkirk Stadium
Capacity: 20,866[3] Capacity: 60,411[4] Capacity: 14,223[5] Capacity: 7,937[6]
       
Hamilton Academical
Location of teams in 2009–10 Scottish Premier League
Heart of Midlothian
New Douglas Park Tynecastle Park
Capacity: 5,510[7] Capacity: 17,420[8]
   
Hibernian Kilmarnock
Easter Road Rugby Park
Capacity: 16,531[9] Capacity: 17,889[10]
   
Motherwell Rangers St Johnstone St Mirren
Fir Park Ibrox Stadium McDiarmid Park St Mirren Park
Capacity: 13,677[11] Capacity: 50,817[12] Capacity: 10,696[13] Capacity: 8,023[14]
       

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Kit manufacturer Kit sponsor
Aberdeen   Mark McGhee Nike Team Recruitment
Celtic   Neil Lennon Nike Carling
Dundee United   Peter Houston Nike Carbrini
Falkirk   Steven Pressley Puma Central Demolition
Hamilton Academical   Billy Reid Nike Reid Furniture
Heart of Midlothian   Jim Jefferies Umbro Ukio Bankas
Hibernian   John Hughes Le Coq Sportif McEwan Fraser
Kilmarnock   Jimmy Calderwood 1869 Smallworld
Motherwell   Craig Brown Canterbury of New Zealand JAXX
Rangers   Walter Smith Umbro Carling
St Johnstone   Derek McInnes Surridge Taylor Wimpey
St Mirren   Gus MacPherson hummel Braehead Shopping Centre

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Date of vacancy Manner of departure Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Aberdeen   Jimmy Calderwood 24 May 2009[15] Resigned Pre-season   Mark McGhee 12 June 2009[16]
Celtic   Gordon Strachan 25 May 2009[17] Resigned   Tony Mowbray 16 June 2009[18]
Hibernian   Mixu Paatelainen 29 May 2009[19] Resigned   John Hughes 8 June 2009[20]
Falkirk   John Hughes 8 June 2009[20] Signed by Hibernian   Eddie May 23 June 2009[21]
Motherwell   Mark McGhee 12 June 2009[16] Signed by Aberdeen   Jim Gannon 27 June 2009[22]
Dundee United   Craig Levein 23 December 2009[23] Signed by Scotland 4th   Peter Houston 23 December 2009[24] (interim)
25 May 2010[25] (permanent)
Motherwell   Jim Gannon 28 December 2009[26] Sacked 6th   Craig Brown 29 December 2009[27](interim)
27 January 2010[28] (permanent)
Kilmarnock   Jim Jefferies 11 January 2010[29] Mutual consent 11th   Jimmy Calderwood 14 January 2010[30]
Heart of Midlothian   Csaba László 29 January 2010[31] Sacked 5th   Jim Jefferies 29 January 2010[32]
Falkirk   Eddie May 11 February 2010[33] Sacked 12th   Steven Pressley 11 February 2010[34]
Celtic   Tony Mowbray 25 March 2010[35] Sacked 2nd   Neil Lennon 25 March 2010[35] (interim)
9 June 2010[36] (permanent)

EventsEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Rangers (C) 38 26 9 3 82 28 +54 87 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Celtic 38 25 6 7 75 39 +36 81 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Dundee United 38 17 12 9 55 47 +8 63 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Play-off round[a]
4 Hibernian 38 15 9 14 58 55 +3 54 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
5 Motherwell 38 13 14 11 52 54 −2 53 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
6 Heart of Midlothian 38 13 9 16 35 46 −11 48
7 Hamilton Academical 38 13 10 15 39 46 −7 49
8 St Johnstone 38 12 11 15 57 61 −4 47
9 Aberdeen 38 10 11 17 36 52 −16 41
10 St Mirren 38 7 13 18 36 49 −13 34
11 Kilmarnock 38 8 9 21 29 51 −22 33
12 Falkirk (R) 38 6 13 19 31 57 −26 31 Relegation to First Division
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ by winning the Scottish Cup.

ResultsEdit

Matches 1–22Edit

During their first 22 matches, each team played every other team home and away.

Home \ Away ABE CEL DUN FAL HAM HOM HIB KIL MOT RAN STJ STM
Aberdeen 1–3 0–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–0
Celtic 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 3–0 0–0 1–1 5–2 3–1
Dundee United 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–3 3–3 3–2
Falkirk 0–0 3–3 1–4 2–0 0–1 1–3 0–0 0–0 1–3 1–2 1–3
Hamilton Academical 0–3 1–2 0–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 0–1 0–2 1–0
Heart of Midlothian 0–3 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–0
Hibernian 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 5–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–4 3–0 2–1
Kilmarnock 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–2 3–0 1–2 1–1 0–3 0–0 2–1 1–2
Motherwell 1–1 2–3 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–3 3–1 0–0 1–3 2–0
Rangers 0–0 2–1 7–1 4–1 4–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 6–1 3–0 2–1
St Johnstone 1–0 1–4 2–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 5–1 0–1 2–2 1–2 1–0
St Mirren 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–3 0–2 1–1
Source: BBC Sport
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 FAL HAM HOM HIB KIL MOT RAN STJ STM
Aberdeen 4–4 2–2 0–1 0–3 1–3 2–1
Celtic 1–0 2–0 3–1 2–1 3–0
Dundee United 3–0 0–2 1–0 3–0 0–0
Falkirk 3–1 0–2 1–3 0–1 2–1
Hamilton Academical 1–1 0–1 2–2 4–1 0–0 1–0
Heart of Midlothian 3–2 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–4
Hibernian 2–2 0–1 2–4 1–0 1–1 2–1
Kilmarnock 2–0 4–4 1–2 0–2 3–2 1–1
Motherwell 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–1
Rangers 3–1 1–0 3–0 1–0 3–0 3–1
St Johnstone 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 4–1
St Mirren 4–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–1
Source: BBC Sport
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 34–38Edit

After 33 matches, the table splits into two groups of six. Each team plays every team in their own half once (either at home or away)