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The 2013–14 Scottish Premiership was the first season of the Scottish Premiership, the highest division of Scottish football.[2] The season began on 2 August 2013 and concluded on 11 May 2014.[3] This was the first season of the competition being part of the newly formed Scottish Professional Football League after the merger of the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League.[4] This season also featured the introduction of an end of season play-off between the 11th-placed team in the top flight and the teams placed 2nd–4th in the Scottish Championship, to determine whether a second team will be relegated from the league.[5]

Scottish Premiership
Season2013–14
Dates2 August 2013 – 11 May 2014
ChampionsCeltic
1st Premiership title
45th Scottish title
RelegatedHibernian
Heart of Midlothian
Champions LeagueCeltic
Europa LeagueMotherwell
Aberdeen
St Johnstone
Matches played228
Goals scored626 (2.75 per match)
Top goalscorerKris Commons (27 goals)
Biggest home winCeltic 6–0 Inverness CT
(27 April 2014)
Biggest away winMotherwell 0–5 Celtic
(6 December 2013)
Highest scoringKilmarnock 2–5 Celtic
(28 September 2013)
St Mirren 4–3 St Johnstone
(19 October 2013)
Inverness CT 3–4 Aberdeen
(21 December 2013)
Motherwell 4–3 Partick Thistle
(15 February 2014)
Celtic 5-2 Aberdeen
(3 May 2014)
Longest winning run15 games[1]
Celtic
Longest unbeaten run26 games[1]
Celtic
Longest winless run13 games[1]
Hibernian
Longest losing run6 games[1]
Hibernian
Highest attendance52,670[1]
Celtic 1–0 Partick Thistle
(1 January 2014)
Lowest attendance1,892[1]
St Johnstone 1–0 Motherwell
(25 February 2014)
Total attendance2,331,965[1]
Average attendance10,183 (Green Arrow Up Darker.svg312)[1]

Twelve teams contested the league. Partick Thistle (champions) were promoted from the 2012–13 First Division, replacing Dundee (relegated). Heart of Midlothian were deducted 15 points (one-third of the previous season's total) for entering administration during the close season.[6]

On 26 March, Celtic clinched their third title in a row and 45th in total after a 5–1 away win against Partick Thistle.[7][8] It is the earliest that the title has been won since the 1928–29 season, when Rangers won it on 16 March.[9][10][11]

TeamsEdit

Dundee were relegated from the 2012–13 Scottish Premier League. Partick Thistle, who won the 2012–13 Scottish First Division, were promoted.

Stadia and locationsEdit

Team Stadium Capacity
Aberdeen Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 21,421[12]
Celtic Celtic Park, Glasgow 60,355[13]
Dundee United Tannadice Park, Dundee 14,229[14]
Heart of Midlothian Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh 17,529[15]
Hibernian Easter Road, Edinburgh 20,421[16]
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Caledonian Stadium, Inverness 7,800[17]
Kilmarnock Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 18,128[18]
Motherwell Fir Park, Motherwell 13,677[19]
Partick Thistle Firhill Stadium, Glasgow 10,102[20]
Ross County Victoria Park, Dingwall 6,541[21]
St Johnstone McDiarmid Park, Perth 10,696[22]
St Mirren St Mirren Park, Paisley 8,023[23]

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 Magners
Dundee United   Jackie McNamara   Seán Dillon Nike Calor
Heart of Midlothian   Gary Locke   Danny Wilson Adidas Wonga.com
Hibernian   Terry Butcher   Liam Craig Nike[24] Crabbie's
Inverness CT   John Hughes   Richie Foran Erreà Orion Group
Kilmarnock   Allan Johnston   Manuel Pascali Killie 1869 QTS
Motherwell   Stuart McCall   Keith Lasley Puma Cash Converters
Partick Thistle   Alan Archibald   Sean Welsh Joma macb
Ross County   Derek Adams   Richard Brittain Diadora Stanley CRC Evans Offshore
St Johnstone   Tommy Wright   Dave Mackay Joma GS Brown Construction
St Mirren   Danny Lennon   Jim Goodwin Diadora Blacks Outdoor Retail

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
St Johnstone   Steve Lomas Signed by Millwall 6 June 2013[25] Pre-season   Tommy Wright 10 June 2013[26]
Kilmarnock   Kenny Shiels Sacked 11 June 2013[27] Pre-season   Allan Johnston 25 June 2013[28]
Hibernian   Pat Fenlon Resigned 1 November 2013[29] 7th   Terry Butcher 12 November 2013[30]
Inverness CT   Terry Butcher Signed by Hibernian 12 November 2013[30] 2nd   John Hughes 4 December 2013[31]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Celtic (C) 38 31 6 1 102 25 +77 99 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
2 Motherwell 38 22 4 12 64 60 +4 70 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round[a]
3 Aberdeen 38 20 8 10 53 38 +15 68 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
4 Dundee United 38 16 10 12 65 50 +15 58
5 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 16 9 13 44 44 0 57
6 St Johnstone 38 15 8 15 48 42 +6 53 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round[a]
7 Ross County 38 11 7 20 44 62 −18 40
8 St Mirren 38 10 9 19 39 58 −19 39
9 Kilmarnock 38 11 6 21 45 66 −21 39
10 Partick Thistle 38 8 14 16 46 65 −19 38
11 Hibernian (R) 38 8 11 19 31 51 −20 35 Qualification for the Premiership play-off final
12 Heart of Midlothian (R) 38 10 8 20 45 65 −20 23[b] 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 St Johnstone, as winners of the 2013–14 Scottish Cup, qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round.
  2. ^ Heart of Midlothian were deducted 15 points for entering administration

ResultsEdit

Matches 1–22Edit

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

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

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

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Matches 23–33Edit

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

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

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 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

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster set a new Scottish league record for length of time played without conceding a goal, which had been previously set by Bobby Clark in 1970–71.[32] Forster's streak ended at 1,256 minutes.[33]

Premiership play-offsEdit

For the first time since the 1996–97 season, promotion and relegation involving a place in the top division of the Scottish football league system was determined in part by a play-off system.[36] The previous system used was a straight head-to-head between the team that had finished 9th (second bottom) in the Premier Division and the runner-up in the First Division.[36] The new system involved the teams from second to fourth place in the Championship, with the first contest between the third and fourth place teams.[37] The winner progressed to a tie with the second place Championship team.[37] The winner of that second tie then progressed to the promotion and relegation deciding playoff against the 11th place team in the Premiership.[37]

Quarter-finalEdit

First legEdit

Queen of the South2–1Falkirk
McHugh   56'90' Report Alston   8'
Attendance: 1,996

Second legEdit

Falkirk3–1 (a.e.t.)Queen of the South
Loy   53'
Sibbald   70'
Alston   118'
Report McHugh   36'
Attendance: 4,427
Referee: Calum Murray

Falkirk won 4–3 on aggregate, advanced to Semi-final.

Semi-finalEdit

First legEdit

Falkirk1–1Hamilton Academical
Beck   80' Report MacKinnon   61'
Attendance: 4,194
Referee: John Beaton

Second legEdit

Hamilton Academical1–0Falkirk
Andreu   16' Report
Attendance: 4,678
Referee: Kevin Clancy

Hamilton Academical won 2–1 on aggregate, advanced to Final.

FinalEdit

First legEdit

Hamilton Academical0–2Hibernian
Report Cummings   39'55'
Attendance: 5,322
Referee: Bobby Madden

Second legEdit

2–2 on aggregate. Hamilton Academical won 4–3 on penalties, earning promotion to the Premiership. Hibernian were relegated to the Championship.[38]

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