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 and ended on the 31 May 2015. Celtic are the defending champions.
|Dates||9 August 2014 – 31 May 2015|
2nd Premiership title
46th Scottish title
|Goals scored||587 (2.57 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Adam Rooney (18)|
|Biggest home win||Celtic 6–1 Dundee United|
(16 August 2014)
Celtic 5–0 Dundee
(1 May 2015)
|Biggest away win||Ross County 0–5 Celtic|
(18 October 2014)
|Highest scoring||Dundee United 6–2 Dundee|
(1 January 2015)
|Longest winning run||8 games|
|Longest unbeaten run||12 games|
|Longest winless run||11 games|
|Longest losing run||7 games|
Celtic 5–0 Inverness CT
(24 May 2015)
Hamilton Academical 2-2 Ross County
(14 March 2015)
|Average attendance||8,806 (1,377)|
2015–16 →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.
- 1 Teams
- 2 Tournament format and regulations
- 3 League table
- 4 Results
- 5 Top scorers
- 6 Premiership play-offs
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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
|Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen||Celtic Park, Glasgow||Dens Park, Dundee||Tannadice Park, Dundee|
|Capacity: 20,897||Capacity: 60,355||Capacity: 11,506||Capacity: 14,229|
|Hamilton Academical||Inverness Caledonian Thistle|
|New Douglas Park, Hamilton||Caledonian Stadium, Inverness|
|Capacity: 6,078||Capacity: 7,800|
|Rugby Park, Kilmarnock||Fir Park, Motherwell|
|Capacity: 18,128||Capacity: 13,677|
|Partick Thistle||Ross County||St Johnstone||St Mirren|
|Firhill Stadium, Glasgow||Victoria Park, Dingwall||McDiarmid Park, Perth||St Mirren Park, Paisley|
|Capacity: 10,102||Capacity: 6,541||Capacity: 10,696||Capacity: 8,023|
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|
|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||Pre-season||Tommy Craig||13 May 2014|
|Celtic||Neil Lennon||Resigned||22 May 2014||Pre-season||Ronny Deila||6 June 2014|
|Ross County||Derek Adams||Sacked||28 August 2014||12th||Jim McIntyre||9 September 2014|
|Motherwell||Stuart McCall||Resigned||2 November 2014||11th||Ian Baraclough||13 December 2014|
|St Mirren||Tommy Craig||Sacked||9 December 2014||11th||Gary Teale||29 January 2015|
|Hamilton Academical||Alex Neil||Signed by Norwich City||9 January 2015||3rd||Martin Canning||23 January 2015|
|Kilmarnock||Allan Johnston||Resigned||6 February 2015||8th||Gary Locke||6 February 2015 (interim)|
Tournament format and regulationsEdit
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.
|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|
|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|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
- Inverness Caledonian Thistle qualified for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League by winning the 2014–15 Scottish Cup.
- Teams in the bottom six at the time of the split (33 games) cannot pass teams in the top six
Teams played each other twice, once at home, once away.
|Home \ Away||ABE||CEL||DND||DUN||HAM||INV||KIL||MOT||PAR||ROS||STJ||STM|
|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|
Teams played every other team once (either at home or away).
|Home \ Away||ABE||CEL||DND||DUN||HAM||INV||KIL||MOT||PAR||ROS||STJ||STM|
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle||1–1||1–1||2–1||3–3||1–1||2–0|
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.
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
|Nadir Çiftçi||Dundee United||14|
|5||Anthony Andreu||Hamilton Academical||12|
|7||Ali Crawford||Hamilton Academical||11|
|8||Billy McKay||Inverness Caledonian Thistle||10|
|Liam Boyce||Ross County||10|
|Queen of the South||1–2||Rangers|
|Lyle 64'||BBC Report||Smith 44'
|Rangers||1–1||Queen of the South|
|Wallace 60'||BBC Report||Lyle 35'|
Rangers won 3–2 on aggregate.
|Cummings 90+4'||BBC Report|
Rangers won 2–1 on aggregate.
|McGregor 82'||BBC Report||Erwin 27'
Sutton 90+3' (pen.)
Motherwell won 6–1 on aggregate.
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