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The 2009–10 season was the 113th season of competitive football in Scotland. [1]

Football in Scotland
Season2009–10
2008–09 Scotland 2010–11
2009–10 in Scottish football
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Premier League champions
Rangers
First Division champions
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Second Division champions
Stirling Albion
Third Division champions
Livingston
Scottish Cup winners
Dundee United
League Cup winners
Rangers
Challenge Cup winners
Dundee
Youth Cup winners
Celtic
Teams in Europe
Aberdeen, Celtic, Falkirk
Heart of Midlothian, Motherwell, Rangers
Scotland national team
2010 World Cup qualification

Contents

OverviewEdit

Notable eventsEdit

  • 5 AugustLivingston are demoted from the First Division to the Third Division in response to the club being deemed in breach of league rules after going into administration and, briefly, liquidation. As a result, Airdrie United are reassigned to the First Division and Cowdenbeath to the Second Division.

Transfer dealsEdit

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Livingston   John Murphy Demoted to coach 31 July[4]   Gary Bollan[4] 31 July
Greenock Morton   Davie Irons Sacked 21 September[5]   James Grady 31 October[6]
Clyde   John Brown Sacked 22 November[7]   John McCormack 30 November[8]
Dundee United   Craig Levein Resigned 23 December   Peter Houston 23 December
Motherwell   Jim Gannon Sacked 28 December   Craig Brown 29 December
Kilmarnock   Jim Jefferies Mutual consent 10 January[9]   Jimmy Calderwood 14 January[10]
Hearts   Csaba László Sacked 28 January   Jim Jefferies 28 January
Falkirk   Eddie May Resigned 11 February   Steven Pressley 11 February
Dundee   Jocky Scott Sacked 20 February   Gordon Chisholm 21 February
Queen of the South   Gordon Chisholm Resigned 21 February   Kenny Brannigan 21 February
Celtic   Tony Mowbray Sacked 25 March[11]   Neil Lennon 25 March

League CompetitionsEdit

Scottish Premier LeagueEdit

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.

Scottish First DivisionEdit

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (C) (P) 36 21 10 5 72 32 +40 73 2010–11 Scottish Premier League
2 Dundee 36 16 13 7 48 34 +14 61
3 Dunfermline Athletic 36 17 7 12 54 44 +10 58
4 Queen of the South 36 15 11 10 53 40 +13 56
5 Ross County 36 15 11 10 46 44 +2 56
6 Partick Thistle 36 14 6 16 43 40 +3 48
7 Raith Rovers 36 11 9 16 36 47 −11 42
8 Greenock Morton 36 11 4 21 40 65 −25 37
9 Airdrie United (R) 36 8 9 19 41 56 −15 33 2010–11 Scottish First Division Playoffs
10 Ayr United (R) 36 7 10 19 29 60 −31 31 2010–11 Scottish Second Division

Updated to games played on 1 May 2010.
Source: Scottish Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
First Division Play-offs:The 9th place team will be entered into a play-off with the 2nd,3rd and 4th places of the Second Division. The winner gete a place in the 2010–11 First Division
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Scottish Second DivisionEdit

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Stirling Albion (C) (P) 36 18 11 7 68 48 +20 65 2010–11 Scottish First Division
2 Alloa Athletic 36 19 8 9 49 35 +14 65 2010–11 Scottish First Division Playoffs
3 Cowdenbeath (O) (P) 36 16 11 9 60 41 +19 59
4 Brechin City 36 15 9 12 47 42 +5 54
5 Peterhead 36 15 6 15 45 49 −4 51
6 Dumbarton 36 14 6 16 49 58 −9 48
7 East Fife 36 10 11 15 46 53 −7 41
8 Stenhousemuir 36 9 13 14 38 42 −4 40
9 Arbroath (R) 36 10 10 16 41 55 −14 40 2010–11 Scottish Second Division Playoffs
10 Clyde (R) 36 8 7 21 37 57 −20 31 2010–11 Scottish Third Division

Updated to games played on 1 May 2010.
Source: Scottish Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
First Division Play-offs:The 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams will be entered into a play-off with the First Division's 9th placed team. The winning team will be awarded a place in the 2010–11 First Division.
Second Division Play-offs:The 9th place team will be entered into a play-off with the 2nd,3rd and 4th places of the Third Division. The winner gete a place in the 2010–11 Second Division
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Scottish Third DivisionEdit

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Livingston (C) (P) 36 24 6 6 63 25 +38 78 2010–11 Scottish Second Division
2 Forfar Athletic (O) (P) 36 18 9 9 59 44 +15 63 2009–10 Scottish Second Division Playoffs
3 East Stirlingshire 36 19 4 13 50 46 +4 61
4 Queen's Park 36 15 6 15 42 42 0 51
5 Albion Rovers 36 13 11 12 35 35 0 50
6 Berwick Rangers 36 14 8 14 46 50 −4 50
7 Stranraer 36 13 8 15 48 54 −6 47
8 Annan Athletic 36 11 10 15 41 42 −1 43
9 Elgin City 36 9 7 20 46 59 −13 34
10 Montrose 36 5 9 22 30 63 −33 24

Updated to games played on 1 May 2010.
Source: Scottish Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Second Division Play-offs:The 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams will be entered into a play-off with the Second Division's 9th placed team. The winning team will be awarded a place in the 2010–11 Second Division.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Scottish Premier Under-19 LeagueEdit

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Celtic (C) 22 15 5 2 47 17 +30 50
2 Motherwell 22 12 3 7 58 36 +22 39
3 Rangers 20 11 5 4 38 22 +16 38
4 Dundee United 22 9 10 3 43 34 +9 37
5 St Mirren 22 11 3 8 40 35 +5 36
6 Aberdeen 22 10 3 9 38 28 +10 33
7 Falkirk (R) 22 6 6 10 30 38 −8 24
8 Hamilton Academical 22 6 6 10 34 50 −16 24
9 St Johnstone 22 6 6 10 24 48 −24 24
10 Heart of Midlothian 22 6 5 11 26 28 −2 23
11 Kilmarnock 22 6 3 13 28 48 −20 21
12 Hibernian 22 5 3 14 23 45 −22 18

Updated to games played on 3 May 2010.
Source: ]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Falkirk U19s will not compete in the 2010–11 competition due to their first team being relegated from the SPL – Inverness Caledonian Thistle will replace them in both leagues
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

HonoursEdit

Scottish clubs in EuropeEdit

SummaryEdit

Club Competition(s) Final round Coef.
Rangers UEFA Champions League Group stage 6.0
Celtic UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Play-off round
Group stage
6.0
Heart of Midlothian UEFA Europa League Play-off round 1.0
Aberdeen UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 0.0
Falkirk UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1.0
Motherwell UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 2.0
Total 16.0
Average 2.66
  • All teams are eliminated.
  • Current UEFA coefficients: Teams and Country

RangersEdit

Date Venue Opponents Score[12] Rangers scorer(s) Report
Champions League group stage
16 September 2009 Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart (A)   Stuttgart 1–1 Madjid Bougherra BBC Sport
29 September 2009 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (H)   Sevilla 1–4 Nacho Novo BBC Sport
20 October 2009 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (H)   Unirea Urziceni 1–4 Vilana (o.g.) BBC Sport
4 November 2009 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest (A)   Unirea Urziceni 1–1 Lee McCulloch BBC Sport
24 November 2009 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (H)   Stuttgart 0–2 BBC Sport
9 December 2009 Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville (A)   Sevilla 0–1 BBC Sport

CelticEdit

Date Venue Opponents Score[12] Celtic scorer(s) Report
Champions League third qualifying round
29 July 2009 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)   Dinamo Moscow 0–1 BBC Sport
4 August 2009 Arena Khimki, Khimki (A)   Dinamo Moscow 2–0 Scott McDonald, Georgios Samaras BBC Sport
Champions League play-off round
19 August 2009 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)   Arsenal 0–2 BBC Sport
26 August 2009 Emirates Stadium, London (A)   Arsenal 1–3 Massimo Donati BBC Sport
UEFA Europa League Group Stage
17 September 2009 Bloomfield Stadium, Jaffa (A)   Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–2 Georgios Samaras BBC Sport
1 October 2009 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)   Rapid Vienna 1–1 Scott McDonald BBC Sport
22 October 2009 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)   Hamburg 0–1 BBC Sport
5 November 2009 HSH Nordbank Arena, Hamburg (A)   Hamburg 0–0 BBC Sport
3 December 2009 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)   Hapoel Tel Aviv 2–0 Georgios Samaras, Barry Robson BBC Sport
17 December 2009 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (A)   Rapid Vienna 3–3 Marc-Antoine Fortune (2), Paul McGowan BBC Sport

Heart of MidlothianEdit

Date Venue Opponents Score[12] Heart of Midlothian scorer(s) Report
UEFA Europa League play-off round
20 August 2009 Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb (A)   Dinamo Zagreb 0–4 BBC Sport
27 August 2009 Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh (H)   Dinamo Zagreb 2–0 Michael Stewart, Marius Zaliukas BBC Sport

AberdeenEdit

Date Venue Opponents Score[12] Aberdeen scorer(s) Report
UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
30 July 2009 Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen (H)   Sigma Olomouc 1–5 Charlie Mulgrew BBC Sport
6 August 2009 Andrův stadion, Olomouc (A)   Sigma Olomouc 0–3 BBC Sport

FalkirkEdit

Date Venue Opponents Score[12] Falkirk scorer(s) Report
UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
16 July 2009 Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk (H)   Vaduz 1–0 Ryan Flynn BBC Sport
23 July 2009 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz (A)   Vaduz 0–2 BBC Sport

MotherwellEdit

Date Venue Opponents Score[12] Motherwell scorer(s) Report
UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
2 July 2009 Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie (H)   Llanelli 0–1 BBC Sport
9 July 2009 Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli (A)   Llanelli 3–0 John Sutton (2), Jamie Murphy BBC Sport
UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
16 July 2009 Stadiumi Flamurtari, Vlorë (A)   Flamurtari Vlorë 0–1 BBC Sport
23 July 2009 Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie (H)   Flamurtari Vlorë 8–1 Jamie Murphy (3), Paul Slane, Ross Forbes (2),
Shaun Hutchinson, Robert McHugh
BBC Sport
UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
30 July 2009 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest (A)   Steaua București 0–3 BBC Sport
6 August 2009 Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie (H)   Steaua București 1–3 Ross Forbes BBC Sport

National teamsEdit

Scotland national teamEdit

Date Venue Opponents Score[13] Competition Scotland scorer(s) Report
12 August 2009 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo   Norway 0–4 WCQ(9) BBC Sport
5 September 2009 Hampden Park, Glasgow   North Macedonia 2–0 WCQ(9) Scott Brown, James McFadden BBC Sport
9 September 2009 Hampden Park, Glasgow   Netherlands 0–1 WCQ(9) BBC Sport
10 October 2009 Nissan Stadium, Yokohama[14]   Japan 0–2 Friendly BBC Sport
14 November 2009 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff   Wales 0–3 Friendly BBC Sport
3 March 2010 Hampden Park, Glasgow   Czech Republic 1–0 Friendly Scott Brown

DeathsEdit

  • 26 July – Graham Potter, 30, Hamilton goalkeeper.[15]
  • 29 July – Paul McGrillen, 37, Motherwell, Falkirk, Partick Thistle and Airdrieonians striker.[16]
  • 13 August – Brian McLaughlin, 54, Celtic, Ayr United, Motherwell, Hamilton Academical and Falkirk winger.[17]
  • 1 September – John Buchanan, 74, Hibs and Raith Rovers forward.[18]
  • 19 September – Stevie Gray, 42, Aberdeen and Airdrie winger.[19]
  • 25 September – David Will, 72, Brechin City chairman, Scottish Football Association president and FIFA vice-president.[20]
  • 8 October – Alex McCrae, 89, Hearts and Falkirk forward; Stirling Albion and Falkirk manager.[21]
  • 3 November – Archie Baird, 90, Aberdeen, St Johnstone and Scotland forward.[22]
  • 19 November – Frank Beattie, 76, Kilmarnock player; Albion Rovers and Stirling Albion manager.[23]
  • 1 December – Neil Dougall, 88, Birmingham City, Plymouth Argyle and Scotland player.[24]
  • 3 January – Gus Alexander, 75, Southport, Workington and York City wing half.
  • 7 January – Alex Parker, 74, Falkirk and Scotland defender.[25]
  • 13 January – Tommy Sloan, 84, Hearts and Motherwell winger[26]
  • 1 February – Bobby Kirk, 82, Dunfermline, Raith Rovers and Hearts defender.[27]
  • 7 February – Bobby Dougan, 83, Hearts, Kilmarnock and Scotland defender.[28]
  • 12 February – Willie Polland, 75, Raith Rovers and Hearts defender.
  • 18 February – Alan Gordon, 65, Hearts, Dundee United, Hibs and Dundee striker.[29]
  • 20 February – Bobby Cox, 76, Dundee defender.[30]
  • 22 February – Bobby Smith, 56, Hibs and Dunfermline player.[31]
  • 23 February – Gerry Neef, 63, Rangers goalkeeper.[32]
  • 28 February – Adam Blacklaw, 72, Burnley, Blackburn Rovers and Scotland goalkeeper.[33]
  • 11 March – Willie MacFarlane, 79, Hibs, Raith Rovers and Morton defender; Stirling Albion, Hibs and Meadowbank manager.[34]
  • 12 March – Hugh Robertson, 70, Dundee, Dunfermline, Arbroath and Scotland winger.
  • 11 April – Billy Fulton, 72, Ayr United, Falkirk and St Mirren wing half.[35]
  • 21 April – Sammy Baird, 79, Clyde, Rangers, Hibs, Third Lanark, Stirling Albion and Scotland player; Stirling Albion manager.[36]
  • 1 June – John Hagart, 72, Berwick Rangers wing half; Hearts and Falkirk manager.[37]

Notes and referencesEdit

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  2. ^ "St Johnstone 3-1 Morton". BBC Sport. 2 May 2009. Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Queen's Park 0-1 Raith Rovers". BBC Sport. 2 May 2009. Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Bollan to be named Livi manager". BBC Sport. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Irons dismissed from Morton job". BBC Sport. 21 September 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
  6. ^ "Grady and McManus get Ton job". Greenock Telegraph. 31 October 2009. Archived from the original on 2 November 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2009.
  7. ^ "Manager Brown departs Bully Wee". BBC Sport. 22 November 2009. Archived from the original on 25 November 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2009.
  8. ^ "Clyde announce John McCormack as their new manager". BBC Sport. 30 November 2009. Archived from the original on 4 December 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  9. ^ "Killie part with boss Jefferies". BBC Sport. 11 January 2010. Archived from the original on 12 January 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  10. ^ "Jimmy Calderwood is unveiled as Kilmarnock manager". BBC Sport. 14 January 2010. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  11. ^ "Celtic part company with Tony Mowbray". BBC Sport. 25 March 2010. Archived from the original on 26 March 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  12. ^ a b c d e f The score of the Scottish team is shown first.
  13. ^ Scotland's score is shown first.
  14. ^ "「キリンチャレンジカップ2009~ALL FOR 2010!~」に特別協賛 ワールドカップ出場決定後初の国内強化試合はスコットランド代表、トーゴ代表と対戦!│2009年│ニュースリリース│キリン".
  15. ^ "Teammates find Cumnock Juniors goalkeeper dead in his hotel room during pre-season tour". Daily Record. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  16. ^ "Former Motherwell footballer Paul McGrillen found dead". The Scotsman. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
  17. ^ "Morton – Match Preview, Stats and Trivia". Ayr United. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2009.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "Hibs' home Euro score Jock Buchanan dies after illness". Edinburgh Evening News. 4 September 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  19. ^ "Former Dons winger Gray found dead at age of 42". The Scotsman. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  20. ^ "Football mourns the death of Will". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  21. ^ Ponting, Ivan (17 October 2009). "Alex McCrae: Striker who remains the last man to score 20 top-flight League goals in a season for Middlesbrough". The Independent. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  22. ^ Ponting, Ivan (1 December 2009). "Archie Baird: Footballer who escaped from POW camp before helping Aberdeen to post-war triumphs". The Independent. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  23. ^ "Kilmarnock mourn Beattie". The Scotsman. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  24. ^ "Former team-mates pay tribute to legend Dougall". Plymouth Herald. 3 December 2009. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  25. ^ "Everton legend of the sixties Alex Parker passes away". Liverpool Echo. 8 January 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  26. ^ McElroy, Robert (31 January 2010). "Tommy Sloan; Footballer". The Herald. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  27. ^ "Classy Kirk was in the right place and time to be a Tynecastle great". The Scotsman. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  28. ^ "Hearts hero Dougan dies at age of 83". The Scotsman. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  29. ^ "Alan Gordon, the thinking man's striker, passes away at age of 65". The Scotsman. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  30. ^ "Dundee legend Bobby Cox dies, aged 76". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  31. ^ McElroy, Robert (4 March 2010). "Bobby Smith; Footballer". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  32. ^ "Gerry Neef". The Scotsman. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  33. ^ "Burnley's title-winning goalkeeper Adam Blacklaw dies". The Guardian. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  34. ^ Vallance, Matt (12 March 2010). "Willie MacFarlane; Footballer and manager". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  35. ^ http://www.saintmirren.tv/articles/20100412/willie-fulton-1937-2010_2233570_2022367 Archived 4 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  36. ^ "Obituary: Sammy Baird". The Scotsman. 22 April 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  37. ^ "Ex-Hearts manager John Hagart dies at 72". The Scotsman. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2015.