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The 2012–13 Scottish Premier League was the fifteenth and final season of the Scottish Premier League, the highest division of Scottish football, since its inception in 1998. The season began on 4 August 2012[3] and ended on 19 May 2013.[4]

Scottish Premier League
Season2012–13
Dates4 August 2012 – 19 May 2013
ChampionsCeltic
8th Premier League title
44th Scottish title
RelegatedDundee
Champions LeagueCeltic
Europa LeagueMotherwell
St Johnstone
Hibernian
Matches played228
Goals scored623 (2.73 per match)
Top goalscorerMichael Higdon
(26 goals)
Biggest home winCeltic 5–0 Dundee
(24 February 2013)
Biggest away winSt Mirren 0–5 Celtic
(20 October 2012)
Highest scoringSt Mirren 5–4 Ross County
(29 September 2012)
Longest winning run6 games[1]
Celtic
Longest unbeaten run11 games[1]
Ross County
Longest winless run14 games[1]
Dundee
Longest losing run6 games[1]
Dundee
St Mirren
Highest attendance57,000[2]
Celtic 4–0 St Johnstone
Lowest attendance2,167[2]
St Johnstone 3–1 Aberdeen
Average attendance9,871 (Red Arrow Down.svg3,990)[1]

Twelve teams contested the league. Ross County (champions) and Dundee (runners-up) were promoted from the 2011–12 First Division, replacing Dunfermline (relegated) and Rangers, which was liquidated and whose successor company was denied permission to take its place.[5] Dundee took its place, while the successor was eventually granted the old company's membership to the Scottish Football Association and admitted to the Scottish Football League Third Division.[6]

On 21 April, Celtic retained their title after a 4–1 home win against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Celtic Park.[7][8][9]

This was the final season of the Scottish Premier League before it was abolished in June 2013, when the SPL and SFL merged to form the new Scottish Professional Football League,[10] with its top division being known as the Scottish Premiership.

TeamsEdit

Dunfermline were relegated from the 2011–12 Scottish Premier League. Ross County, who won the 2011–12 Scottish First Division, were promoted. The 2012–13 season marks the top-flight debut for the Highland team.[11]

As a result of Rangers Football Club plc entering liquidation at the end of the season, Rangers was replaced with the term "Club 12" when the fixture list was published on 18 June 2012.[12][13] The new company that bought Rangers' business and assets from the administrators hoped that Rangers' SPL membership share would be transferred to it but this was dependent on a vote by the remaining SPL clubs.[12] Eight clubs publicly declared that they would oppose the membership transfer to Rangers' newco, which would mean that they could not play in the SPL.[14] The vote took place on 4 July 2012, and Rangers were refused re-entry to the SPL by a 10-1 majority.[15] Dundee, who had finished second in the 2011–12 Scottish First Division, were invited to replace Rangers.[15][16]

Stadia and locationsEdit

Team Stadium Capacity
Aberdeen F.C. Pittodrie 22,199
Celtic F.C. Celtic Park 60,832
Dundee United Tannadice Park 14,223
Heart of Midlothian F.C. Tynecastle Stadium 17,420
Hibernian F.C. Easter Road 20,241
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Caledonian Stadium 7,800
Kilmarnock F.C. Rugby Park 18,182
Motherwell F.C. Fir Park 13,742
Ross County F.C. Victoria Park 6,541
St Johnstone F.C. McDiarmid Park 10,740
St Mirren F.C. St Mirren Park 8,023
Dundee F.C. Dens Park 11,500

Personnel and kitsEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Aberdeen Derek McInnes Russell Anderson Adidas Team Recruitment
Celtic Neil Lennon Scott Brown Nike Tennents
Dundee John Brown Stephen O'Donnell Puma Kilmac Energy
Dundee United Jackie McNamara Jon Daly Nike Calor
Heart of Midlothian Gary Locke Marius Žaliūkas Adidas Wonga.com
Hibernian Pat Fenlon James McPake Puma Crabbie's
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Terry Butcher Richie Foran Erreà Orion Group
Kilmarnock Kenny Shiels Manuel Pascali Killie 1869 QTS
Motherwell Stuart McCall Keith Lasley Puma Cash Converters
Ross County Derek Adams Richard Brittain Diadora Stanley CRC Evans Offshore
St Johnstone Steve Lomas Dave Mackay Joma GS Brown Construction
St Mirren Danny Lennon Jim Goodwin Diadora Diadora

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Heart of Midlothian Paulo Sérgio End of contract[17] 7 June 2012 Pre-season John McGlynn[18] 26 June 2012
Dundee United Peter Houston Mutual consent[19] 28 January 2013 7th Jackie McNamara[20] 30 January 2013
Dundee Barry Smith Mutual consent[21] 20 February 2013 12th John Brown[22] 23 February 2013
Heart of Midlothian John McGlynn Contract terminated[23] 28 February 2013 11th Gary Locke[23] 28 February 2013
Aberdeen Craig Brown Retired[24] 14 March 2013 9th Derek McInnes[25] 25 March 2013

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Celtic (C) 38 24 7 7 92 35 +57 79 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
2 Motherwell 38 18 9 11 67 51 +16 63 Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round
3 St Johnstone 38 14 14 10 45 44 +1 56 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
4 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 13 15 10 64 60 +4 54
5 Ross County 38 13 14 11 47 48 −1 53
6 Dundee United 38 11 14 13 51 62 −11 47[a]
7 Hibernian 38 13 12 13 49 52 −3 51[a] Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round[b]
8 Aberdeen 38 11 15 12 41 43 −2 48[a]
9 Kilmarnock 38 11 12 15 52 53 −1 45
10 Heart of Midlothian 38 11 11 16 40 49 −9 44
11 St Mirren 38 9 14 15 47 60 −13 41
12 Dundee (R) 38 7 9 22 28 66 −38 30 Relegation to the Championship
Source: SPFL Archive
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Teams in the bottom half at the time of the split may not overtake a team in the top 6 at the time of the split.
  2. ^ Since the winners of 2012–13 Scottish Cup, Celtic, qualified for European competition based on league position, the runners–up Hibernian secured a spot in Europa League second qualifying round.

ResultsEdit

Matches 1–22Edit

Teams play each other twice, once at home, once away

Home \ Away[1] ABE CEL DND DUN HOM HIB INV KIL MOT ROS STJ STM
Aberdeen 0–2 2–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 2–3 0–2 3–3 0–0 2–0 0–0
Celtic 1–0 2–0 4–0 1–0 2–2 0–1 0–2 1–0 4–0 1–1 2–0
Dundee 1–3 0–2 0–3 1–0 3–1 1–4 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–3 0–2
Dundee United 1–1 2–2 3–0 0–3 3–0 4–4 3–3 1–2 0–0 1–1 3–4
Heart of Midlothian 2–0 0–4 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–3 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–0
Hibernian 0–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–3 0–1 2–0 2–1
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1–1 2–4 4–1 4–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–5 3–1 1–1 2–2
Kilmarnock 1–3 1–3 0–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–2 3–1
Motherwell 4–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–4 4–1 2–2 3–2 1–1 1–1
Ross County 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 3–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0
St Johnstone 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–3 1–1 2–1
St Mirren 1–4 0–5 3–1 0–1 2–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 5–4 1–1

Source: BBC Sport
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–33Edit

Teams play every other team once (either at home or away)

Home \ Away[1] ABE CEL DND DUN HOM HIB INV KIL MOT ROS STJ STM
Aberdeen 1–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0
Celtic 4–3 5–0 6–2 4–1 3–0 4–1
Dundee 1–1 0–3 0–2 2–2 2–1
Dundee United 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1
Heart of Midlothian 1–0 2–3 0–3 1–2 4–2 2–0
Hibernian 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–2 1–3
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3–0 1–3 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0
Kilmarnock 1–1 1–2 2–3 2–0 1–1
Motherwell 2–1 0–1 4–1 3–0 3–2 2–2
Ross County 3–2 1–0 0–1 3–0 1–0
St Johnstone 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0
St Mirren 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–4

Source: BBC Sport
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 34–38Edit

After 33 matches, the league splits into two sections of six teams each, with teams playing every other team in their section once (either at home or away). The exact matches are determined upon the league table at the time of the split.

Season statisticsEdit

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
  Michael Higdon Motherwell Inverness CT 4–1[28] 1 September 2012
  Cillian Sheridan Kilmarnock Heart of Midlothian 3–1[29] 29 September 2012
  Billy McKay Inverness CT Dundee United 4–4[30] 15 December 2012
  Niall McGinn Aberdeen Dundee 3–1[31] 15 December 2012
  Johnny Russell Dundee United Kilmarnock 3–2[32] 19 January 2013
  Michael Higdon Motherwell St Johnstone 3–2[33] 20 January 2013
  Paul Heffernan Kilmarnock Heart of Midlothian 3–0[34] 16 February 2013
  Billy McKay Inverness CT Motherwell 4–3[35] 4 May 2013

ScoringEdit

  • First goal of the season: Kris Commons for Celtic against Aberdeen (4 August 2012)
  • Fastest goal of the season: 12 seconds, Kris Commons for Celtic against Aberdeen (16 March 2013)[36]
  • Latest goal of the season: 94 minutes, Georgios Samaras for Celtic against Aberdeen (16 March 2013)[37]
  • Largest winning margin: 5 goals
    • St Mirren 0–5 Celtic (20 October 2012)
    • Celtic 5–0 Dundee (24 February 2013)
  • Highest scoring game: 9 goals
    • St Mirren 5–4 Ross County (29 September 2012)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a single team: 6 goals
    • Celtic 6–2 Dundee United (16 February 2013)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a losing team: 4 goals
    • St Mirren 5–4 Ross County (29 September 2012)

Clean sheetsEdit

DisciplineEdit

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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