2014–15 Scottish Premiership

The 2014–15 Scottish Premiership was the second season of the Scottish Premiership, the highest division of Scottish football. The season began on 9 August 2014[2] and ended on the 31 May 2015. Celtic are the defending champions.

Scottish Premiership
Season2014–15
Dates9 August 2014 – 31 May 2015
ChampionsCeltic
2nd Premiership title
46th Scottish title
RelegatedSt Mirren
Champions LeagueCeltic
Europa LeagueAberdeen
Inverness CT
St Johnstone
Matches played228
Goals scored587 (2.57 per match)
Top goalscorerAdam Rooney (18)
Biggest home winCeltic 6–1 Dundee United
(16 August 2014)

Hamilton 5–0 Motherwell
(1 January 2015)
Partick Thistle 5–0 Hamilton
(21 January 2015)

Celtic 5–0 Dundee
(1 May 2015)
Biggest away winRoss County 0–5 Celtic
(18 October 2014)
Highest scoringDundee United 6–2 Dundee
(1 January 2015)
Longest winning run8 games[1]
Aberdeen
Celtic
Longest unbeaten run12 games[1]
Aberdeen
Longest winless run11 games[1]
Ross County
Longest losing run7 games[1]
Ross County
Highest attendance55,638[1]
Celtic 5–0 Inverness CT
(24 May 2015)
Lowest attendance1,544[1]
Hamilton Academical 2-2 Ross County
(14 March 2015)
Average attendance8,806 (Red Arrow Down.svg1,377)[1]
All statistics correct as of 23 August 2017.

Twelve teams contested the league: Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee, Dundee United, Hamilton Academical, Inverness CT, Kilmarnock, Motherwell, Partick Thistle, Ross County, St Johnstone and St Mirren. Due to the relegation of Edinburgh-based teams Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian in 2014, this season marked the first time in football history in which Scotland's capital city had no representatives in the top league.

On 2 May, Celtic clinched their fourth title in a row after Aberdeen lost 1–0 away at Dundee United, leaving Celtic 11 points clear with three games to play.[3][4]

TeamsEdit

Dundee were promoted from the Scottish Championship. Heart of Midlothian were relegated from the Scottish Premiership.

Hibernian finished in the play-off position in the Scottish Premiership. They lost to Hamilton Academical who took the final place in the second edition of the competition, a result which left the Scottish capital Edinburgh without a club in the top flight of Scottish football for the 2014–15 season.

Stadiums by capacity and locationsEdit

Aberdeen Celtic Dundee Dundee United
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Celtic Park, Glasgow Dens Park, Dundee Tannadice Park, Dundee
Capacity: 20,897[5] Capacity: 60,355[6] Capacity: 11,506[7] Capacity: 14,229[8]
       
Hamilton Academical Inverness Caledonian Thistle
New Douglas Park, Hamilton Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Capacity: 6,078[9] Capacity: 7,800[10]
   
Kilmarnock Motherwell
Rugby Park, Kilmarnock Fir Park, Motherwell
Capacity: 18,128[11] Capacity: 13,677[12]
   
Partick Thistle Ross County St Johnstone St Mirren
Firhill Stadium, Glasgow Victoria Park, Dingwall McDiarmid Park, Perth St Mirren Park, Paisley
Capacity: 10,102[13] Capacity: 6,541[14] Capacity: 10,696[15] Capacity: 8,023[16]
       

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Aberdeen   Derek McInnes   Russell Anderson Adidas Saltire Energy
Celtic   Ronny Deila   Scott Brown Nike Magners
Dundee   Paul Hartley   Kevin Thomson Puma Hangar Records
Dundee United   Jackie McNamara   Seán Dillon Nike Calor
Hamilton Academical   Martin Canning   Martin Canning 1874 Accies, Nike M&H Logistics (H), Life Skills Centres (A)
Inverness CT   John Hughes   Richie Foran Erreà Subway
Kilmarnock   Gary Locke   Manuel Pascali Erreà QTS
Motherwell   Ian Baraclough   Keith Lasley Macron Cash Converters
Partick Thistle   Alan Archibald   Sean Welsh Joma macb
Ross County   Jim McIntyre   Richard Brittain Carbrini Stanley CRC Evans Offshore
St Johnstone   Tommy Wright   Dave Mackay Joma GS Brown Construction
St Mirren   Gary Teale   Steven Thompson Carbrini JD Sports

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
St Mirren   Danny Lennon End of contract 12 May 2014[17] Pre-season   Tommy Craig 13 May 2014[18]
Celtic   Neil Lennon Resigned 22 May 2014[19] Pre-season   Ronny Deila 6 June 2014[20]
Ross County   Derek Adams Sacked 28 August 2014[21] 12th   Jim McIntyre 9 September 2014[22]
Motherwell   Stuart McCall Resigned 2 November 2014[23] 11th   Ian Baraclough 13 December 2014[24]
St Mirren   Tommy Craig Sacked 9 December 2014[25] 11th   Gary Teale 29 January 2015
Hamilton Academical   Alex Neil Signed by Norwich City 9 January 2015[26] 3rd   Martin Canning 23 January 2015[27]
Kilmarnock   Allan Johnston Resigned 6 February 2015[28] 8th   Gary Locke 6 February 2015 (interim)

Tournament format and regulationsEdit

BasicEdit

In the initial phase of the season, the 12 teams played a round-robin tournament whereby each team played each one of the other teams three times. After 33 games, the league split into two sections of six teams, with each team playing each other in that section. The league attempts to balance the fixture list so that teams in the same section play each other twice at home and twice away, but sometimes this is impossible. A total of 228 matches were played, with 38 matches played by each team.

Promotion and relegationEdit

The team that finished 12th (St Mirren) was relegated to the Championship, while the champion of that league (Heart of Midlothian) was promoted to the Premiership for the 2015–16 season. The team that finished 11th in the Premiership (Motherwell) played the winner of the Championship playoffs (Rangers) in two playoff games, with the winner (Motherwell) securing a Premiership spot for the 2015–16 season.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Celtic (C) 38 29 5 4 84 17 +67 92 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
2 Aberdeen 38 23 6 9 57 33 +24 75 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 19 8 11 52 42 +10 65 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round[a]
4 St Johnstone 38 16 9 13 34 34 0 57 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
5 Dundee United 38 17 5 16 58 56 +2 56
6 Dundee[b] 38 11 12 15 46 57 −11 45
7 Hamilton Academical 38 15 8 15 50 53 −3 53
8 Partick Thistle 38 12 10 16 48 44 +4 46
9 Ross County 38 12 8 18 46 63 −17 44
10 Kilmarnock 38 11 8 19 44 59 −15 41
11 Motherwell (O) 38 10 6 22 38 63 −25 36 Qualification for the Premiership play-off final
12 St Mirren (R) 38 9 3 26 30 66 −36 30 Relegation to the Championship
Source: SPFL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Inverness Caledonian Thistle qualified for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League by winning the 2014–15 Scottish Cup.
  2. ^ Teams in the bottom six at the time of the split (33 games) cannot pass teams in the top six

ResultsEdit

Matches 1–22Edit

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

Home \ Away[1] ABE CEL DND DUN HAM INV KIL MOT PAR ROS STJ STM
Aberdeen 1–2 3–3 0–3 3–0 3–2 1–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–2
Celtic 2–1 2–1 6–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 4–1
Dundee 2–3 1–1 1–4 2–0 1–2 1–1 4–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3
Dundee United 0–2 2–1 6–2 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–0
Hamilton Academical 3–0 0–2 2–1 2–3 0–2 0–0 5–0 3–3 4–0 1–0 3–0
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 4–2 2–0 3–1 0–4 1–1 2–1 1–0
Kilmarnock 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–0 1–0 1–2 2–0 3–0 0–3 0–1 2–1
Motherwell 0–2 0–1 1–3 1–0 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–0 2–2 0–1 1–0
Partick Thistle 0–1 0–3 1–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 1–1 3–1 4–0 0–0 1–2
Ross County 0–1 0–5 2–1 2–3 0–1 1–3 1–2 1–2 1–0 1–2 1–2
St Johnstone 1–0 0–3 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–2
St Mirren 0–2 1–2 0–1 0–3 0–2 0–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 2–2 0–1

Source: Scottish Premiership
^ 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 played every other team once (either at home or away).

Home \ Away[1] ABE CEL DND DUN HAM INV KIL MOT PAR ROS STJ STM
Aberdeen 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 4–0 3–0
Celtic 4–0 3–0 4–0 4–1 4–0 2–0
Dundee 1–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–0
Dundee United 1–0 3–1 0–2 1–2 0–2
Hamilton Academical 0–3 0–2 0–0 2–2 1–1
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–3 1–1 2–0
Kilmarnock 1–2 3–2 1–2 2–2 1–0
Motherwell 0–1 4–0 2–1 1–1 5–0
Partick Thistle 5–0 1–0 2–0 1–3 3–0 0–1
Ross County 0–1 1–0 2–1 3–2 1–0
St Johnstone 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–0 2–0
St Mirren 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–3

Source: Scottish Premiership
^ 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 split 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 were determined upon the league table at the time of the split.

Top scorersEdit

As of 24 May 2015[29][30]
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Adam Rooney Aberdeen 18
2   Leigh Griffiths Celtic 14
  Nadir Çiftçi Dundee United 14
4   Greg Stewart Dundee 13
5   Anthony Andreu Hamilton Academical 12
  John Sutton Motherwell 12
7   Ali Crawford Hamilton Academical 11
8   Billy McKay Inverness Caledonian Thistle 10
  Liam Boyce Ross County 10
  Kris Commons Celtic 10

Premiership play-offsEdit

Quarter-finalEdit

First legEdit

Queen of the South1–2Rangers
Lyle   64' BBC Report Smith   44'
Shiels   75'
Attendance: 5,224
Referee: Alan Muir

Second legEdit

Rangers1–1Queen of the South
Wallace   60' BBC Report Lyle   35'
Attendance: 48,035
Referee: Kevin Clancy

Rangers won 3–2 on aggregate.

Semi-finalEdit

First legEdit

Rangers2–0Hibernian
Clark   44'
Miller   63'
BBC Report
Attendance: 41,236
Referee: Calum Murray

Second legEdit

Hibernian1–0Rangers
Cummings   90+4' BBC Report
Attendance: 14,742
Referee: John Beaton

Rangers won 2–1 on aggregate.

FinalEdit

First legEdit

Rangers1–3Motherwell
McGregor   82' BBC Report Erwin   27'
McManus   40'
Ainsworth   47'
Attendance: 49,200
Referee: Bobby Madden

Second legEdit

Motherwell3–0Rangers
Johnson   52'
Ainsworth   70'
Sutton   90+3' (pen.)
BBC Report
Attendance: 9,220
Referee: Craig Thomson

Motherwell won 6–1 on aggregate.

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