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The 2016–17 Scottish Premiership (known as the Ladbrokes Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the fourth season of the Scottish Premiership, the highest division of Scottish football. The fixtures were published on 17 June 2016.[5] The season began on 6 August 2016.[6] Celtic were the defending champions. This season marked the return of Rangers to the top division of Scottish football, four years after their liquidation process.

Scottish Premiership
Season2016–17
Dates6 August 2016 – 21 May 2017
ChampionsCeltic
4th Premiership title
48th Scottish title
RelegatedInverness Caledonian Thistle
Champions LeagueCeltic
Europa LeagueAberdeen
Rangers
St Johnstone
Matches played228
Goals scored628 (2.75 per match)
Top goalscorerLiam Boyce (23 goals)[1][2]
Biggest home winCeltic 6–1 Kilmarnock
(24 September 2016)[3][4]
Aberdeen 7–2 Motherwell
(15 February 2017)[3][4]
Biggest away winDundee 0–7 Aberdeen
(31 March 2017)[3][4]
Highest scoringAberdeen 7–2 Motherwell
(15 February 2017)[3][4]
Longest winning run22 matches:[4]
Celtic
Longest unbeaten run38 matches:[4]
Celtic
Longest winless run14 matches:[4]
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Longest losing run7 matches:[4]
Dundee
Highest attendance58,967[4]
Celtic 2–0 Heart of Midlothian
(21 May 2017)
Lowest attendance1,548[4]
Hamilton Academical 1–1 Ross County
(8 April 2017)
Total attendance3,184,955[4]
Average attendance13,969 (Green Arrow Up Darker.svg4,325)[4]

Twelve teams contested the league: Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee, Hamilton Academical, Heart of Midlothian, Inverness CT, Kilmarnock, Motherwell, Partick Thistle, Rangers, Ross County and St Johnstone.

On 2 April 2017, Celtic won their sixth consecutive title and 48th overall after a 5-0 win away to Hearts, with eight matches still to play.[7][8][9]

Contents

TeamsEdit

The following teams have changed division since the 2015–16 season.

To PremiershipEdit

Promoted from Scottish Championship

From PremiershipEdit

Relegated to Scottish Championship

Stadia and locationsEdit

Aberdeen Celtic Dundee Hamilton Academical
Pittodrie Stadium Celtic Park Dens Park New Douglas Park
Capacity: 20,866[10] Capacity: 60,411[11] Capacity: 11,506[12] Capacity: 5,510[13]
       
Heart of Midlothian Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Tynecastle Stadium Caledonian Stadium
Capacity: 17,480[14] Capacity: 7,512[15]
   
Kilmarnock Motherwell
Rugby Park Fir Park
Capacity: 17,891[16] Capacity: 13,677[17]
   
Partick Thistle Rangers Ross County St Johnstone
Firhill Stadium Ibrox Stadium Victoria Park McDiarmid Park
Capacity: 10,102[18] Capacity: 50,817[19] Capacity: 6,541[20] Capacity: 10,696[21]
       

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Aberdeen   Derek McInnes   Ryan Jack Adidas Saltire Energy
Celtic   Brendan Rodgers   Scott Brown New Balance Dafabet
Dundee   Neil McCann (interim)   James McPake Puma McEwan Fraser Legal
Hamilton Academical   Martin Canning   Michael Devlin Adidas SuperSeal (H), NetBet (A)
Heart of Midlothian   Ian Cathro   Perry Kitchen Puma Save the Children
Inverness CT   Richie Foran   Gary Warren Carbrini McEwan Fraser Legal
Kilmarnock   Lee McCulloch (interim)   Steven Smith Nike QTS
Motherwell   Steve Robinson   Keith Lasley Macron Motorpoint
Partick Thistle   Alan Archibald   Abdul Osman Joma Kingsford Capital Management
Rangers   Pedro Caixinha   Lee Wallace Puma 32Red
Ross County   Jim McIntyre   Paul Quinn Macron Stanley CRC Evans Offshore
St Johnstone   Tommy Wright   Steven Anderson Joma Alan Storrar Cars

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Celtic   Ronny Deila Resigned 15 May 2016 [22] Pre-season   Brendan Rodgers 20 May 2016[23]
Inverness CT   John Hughes Resigned 20 May 2016[24]   Richie Foran 30 May 2016[25]
Heart of Midlothian   Robbie Neilson Signed by MK Dons 2 December 2016[26] 2nd   Ian Cathro 5 December 2016[27]
Rangers   Mark Warburton Resigned 10 February 2017[28] 3rd   Pedro Caixinha 13 March 2017[29]
Kilmarnock   Lee Clark Signed by Bury 15 February 2017[30] 6th   Lee McCulloch (interim) 15 February 2017[30]
Motherwell   Mark McGhee Sacked 28 February 2017[31] 10th   Steve Robinsona 28 February 2017[31][32]
Dundee   Paul Hartley Sacked 17 April 2017[33] 11th   Neil McCann (interim) 18 April 2017[34]

a.^ Initially interim, made permanent 15 March 2017

FormatEdit

In the initial phase of the season, each of the twelve teams play the other eleven teams three times. After 33 rounds, the league splits into two sections, a top six and a bottom six, with each team playing all the other teams in their section once. The league attempts to balance the fixture list so that teams in the same section have played each other twice at home and twice away, but sometimes this is impossible. A total of 228 matches will be played, with 38 matches played by each team.

League summaryEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation[a]
1 Celtic (C) 38 34 4 0 106 25 +81 106 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round[b]
2 Aberdeen 38 24 4 10 74 35 +39 76 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
3 Rangers 38 19 10 9 56 44 +12 67 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
4 St Johnstone 38 17 7 14 50 46 +4 58
5 Heart of Midlothian 38 12 10 16 55 52 +3 46
6 Partick Thistle 38 10 12 16 38 54 −16 42
7 Ross County 38 11 13 14 48 58 −10 46
8 Kilmarnock 38 9 14 15 36 56 −20 41
9 Motherwell 38 10 8 20 46 69 −23 38
10 Dundee 38 10 7 21 38 62 −24 37
11 Hamilton Academical (O) 38 7 14 17 37 56 −19 35 Qualification for the Premiership play-off final
12 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (R) 38 7 13 18 44 71 −27 34 Relegation to the Scottish Championship
Source: Scottish Premiership, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-off (only if deciding champion, UEFA competitions qualification and second stage group allocation).[35]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams played each other three times (33 matches), before the league split into two groups (the top six and the bottom six) for the last five matches.
  2. ^ Since the winners of the 2016–17 Scottish Cup, Celtic, qualified for European competition based on league position, the spot awarded to the Scottish cup winners (Europa League second qualifying round) was passed to the second-placed team and the spot awarded to the second-placed team (Europa League first qualifying round) was passed to the fourth-placed team.

Positions by roundEdit

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological progress, any postponed matches are not included in the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 16.

Leader – Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
Qualification to Premiership play-off final
Relegation to 2017–18 Scottish Championship
Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Celtic 3 5 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Aberdeen 7 9 4 7 7 4 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Rangers 6 1 1 2 3 5 7 5 4 5 5 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
St Johnstone 8 2 7 9 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Heart of Midlothian 9 11 5 3 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Partick Thistle 2 3 8 11 12 12 12 12 11 11 9 7 8 11 12 11 12 12 9 6 7 6 7 9 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Ross County 11 8 3 4 4 7 6 7 8 7 10 11 12 8 8 7 7 6 6 8 6 7 8 7 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 7 8 7 7
Kilmarnock 10 6 10 10 10 9 11 11 9 8 7 8 7 9 11 6 6 7 8 10 10 8 9 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 8 8
Motherwell 4 7 9 8 8 6 5 6 6 9 11 9 10 6 6 9 9 8 10 7 9 10 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 10 11 11 10 9 9
Dundee 1 4 6 5 6 8 9 10 12 12 12 12 11 12 7 10 10 10 7 9 8 9 10 10 6 6 7 8 8 8 9 9 11 9 9 9 10 10
Hamilton Academical 5 10 11 6 9 10 10 9 10 10 8 10 9 10 10 8 8 9 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 11 11 12 11 11 10 9 10 10 11 11 11
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 12 12 12 12 11 11 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 7 9 12 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12

Source: BBC Sport

ResultsEdit

Matches 1–22Edit

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

Home \ Away ABE CEL DND HAM HOM INV KIL MOT PAR RAN ROS STJ
Aberdeen 0–1 3–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 5–1 7–2 2–1 2–1 4–0 0–0
Celtic 4–1 2–1 1–0 4–0 3–0 6–1 2–0 1–0 5–1 2–0 1–0
Dundee 1–3 0–1 1–1 3–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–2 0–0 3–0
Hamilton Academical 1–0 0–3 0–1 3–3 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–1
Heart of Midlothian 0–1 1–2 2–0 3–1 5–1 4–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–2
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–1 3–3 1–1 1–2 0–0 0–1 2–3 2–1
Kilmarnock 0–4 0–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 3–2 0–1
Motherwell 1–3 3–4 0–0 4–2 1–3 0–3 0–0 2–0 0–2 4–1 1–2
Partick Thistle 1–2 1–4 2–0 2–2 1–2 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–2
Rangers 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–1
Ross County 2–1 0–4 1–3 1–1 2–2 3–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2
St Johnstone 0–0 2–4 2–1 3–0 1–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–4
Source: Scottish Premiership
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Matches 23–33Edit

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

Home \ Away ABE CEL DND HAM HOM INV KIL MOT PAR RAN ROS STJ
Aberdeen 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–3 1–0
Celtic 1–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1
Dundee 0–7 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–1 2–1
Hamilton Academical 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–0
Heart of Midlothian 0–5 1–0 4–0 1–1 4–1 0–1
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0–4 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–3
Kilmarnock 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–0
Motherwell 1–5 0–0 0–3 4–2 1–2
Partick Thistle 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–1
Rangers 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–2
Ross County 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–2 1–2
St Johnstone 1–2 2–5 2–0 1–0 0–2
Source: Scottish Premiership
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Matches 34–38Edit

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

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of matches played on 21 May 2017
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Liam Boyce Ross County 23
2   Scott Sinclair Celtic 21
3   Moussa Dembélé Celtic 17
4   Stuart Armstrong Celtic 15
  Louis Moult Motherwell
6   Kris Doolan Partick Thistle 14
7   Adam Rooney Aberdeen 12
  Leigh Griffiths Celtic
  Jamie Walker Hearts
10   Kenny Miller Rangers 11

Source:[1][2]

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date Reference
  Liam Boyce Ross County Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3–2 (A) 13 August 2016 [36]
  Moussa Dembélé Celtic Rangers 5–1 (H) 10 September 2016 [37]
  Louis Moult4 Motherwell Hamilton Academical 4–2 (H) 17 September 2016 [38]
  Moussa Dembélé Celtic St Johnstone 5–2 (A) 5 February 2017 [39]
  Adam Rooney Aberdeen Motherwell 7–2 (H) 15 February 2017 [40]
  Andrew Considine Aberdeen Dundee 7–0 (A) 31 March 2017 [41]
  Scott Sinclair Celtic Heart of Midlothian 5–0 (A) 2 April 2017 [42]
  Liam Boyce4 Ross County Inverness Caledonian Thistle 4–0 (H) 28 April 2017 [43]
  Scott Wright Aberdeen Partick Thistle 6–0 (A) 21 May 2017 [44]
Notes
  • (H) – Home ; (A) – Away
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals

AwardsEdit

Premiership play-offsEdit

The quarter-final was contested between the 3rd and 4th placed teams (Dundee United and Greenock Morton) in the Scottish Championship. After defeating Greenock Morton 5–1 over two legs, Dundee United advanced to the semi-finals to face the 2nd placed team (Falkirk) in the Championship. Dundee United progressed to the play-off final following a 4–3 aggregate victory, but then lost 1–0 on aggregate to Hamilton Academical in the final. Hamilton therefore retained their place in the Premiership for the 2017–18 season.

Quarter-finalEdit

First legEdit

Second legEdit

Semi-finalEdit

First legEdit

Second legEdit

FinalEdit

First legEdit

Second legEdit

AttendancesEdit

These are the average attendances of the teams.

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Celtic 1,037,864 58,967 37,404 54,624 +21.8%
2 Rangers 928,974 50,126 46,563 48,893 +7.9%
3 Heart of Midlothian 310,192 16,803 15,470 16,325 −0.6%
4 Aberdeen 240,176 19,332 8,195 12,640 −3.5%
5 Dundee 122,200 9,702 4,708 6,431 +5.0%
6 Kilmarnock 94,310 11,800 3,056 4,963 +24.3%
7 Motherwell 85,229 8,535 3,131 4,485 −8.7%
8 St Johnstone 83,451 7,979 2,549 4,392 +13.2%
9 Partick Thistle 85,648 7,951 2,257 4,282 +12.7%
10 Ross County 73,861 6,590 2,511 4,103 +1.7%
11 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 74,968 7,012 2,473 3,945 +5.1%
12 Hamilton Academical 48,082 5,292 1,548 2,530 −16.4%
League total 3,184,955 58,967 1,548 13,969 +44.8%

Updated to games played on 21 May 2017
Source: [4]

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