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2018–19 Scottish Premiership

The 2018–19 Scottish Premiership (known as the Ladbrokes Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is the sixth season of the Scottish Premiership, the highest division of Scottish football. The fixtures were published on 15 June 2018 and the season began on 4 August 2018.[4]

Scottish Premiership
Season2018–19
Dates4 August 2018 – 19 May 2019
Matches played99
Goals scored264 (2.67 per match)
Top goalscorerAlfredo Morelos (9 goals)[1][2]
Biggest home winHibernian 6–0 Hamilton Academical[3]
(6 October 2018)
Rangers 7–1 Motherwell[3]
(11 November 2018)
Biggest away winSt Johnstone 0–6 Celtic[3]
(7 October 2018)
Highest scoringRangers 7–1 Motherwell[3]
(11 November 2018)
Longest winning run5 matches:[3]
Celtic
Heart of Midlothian
St Johnstone
Longest unbeaten run9 matches:[3]
Celtic
Longest winless run12 matches:[3]
St Mirren
Longest losing run7 matches:[3]
St Mirren
Highest attendance59,143[3]
Celtic 1–0 Aberdeen
(29 September 2018)
Lowest attendance1,342[3]
Livingston 1–0 Hamilton Academical
(15 September 2018)
Total attendance1,490,807[3]
Average attendance15,212 (Red Arrow Down.svg720)[3]
All statistics correct as of 14 December 2018.

Twelve teams will contest the league: Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee, Hamilton Academical, Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Livingston, Motherwell, Rangers, St Johnstone and St Mirren. Celtic are the defending champions.

Contents

TeamsEdit

To Premiership

St Mirren secured the Championship title and promotion to the Premiership on 14 April 2018 after a goalless draw with Livingston,[5] who were also promoted after winning the play-off final.[6]

To Championship

Ross County were relegated to the Championship on 12 May 2018 after a 1–1 draw with St Johnstone.[7] Partick Thistle were also relegated following a 3–1 aggregate defeat to Livingston in the play-off final.[6]

Stadia and locationsEdit

Aberdeen Celtic Dundee Hamilton Academical
Pittodrie Stadium Celtic Park Dens Park New Douglas Park
Capacity: 20,866[8] Capacity: 60,411[9] Capacity: 11,506[10] Capacity: 5,510[11]
       
Heart of Midlothian Hibernian
Tynecastle Park Easter Road
Capacity: 20,099[12] Capacity: 20,421[13]
   
Kilmarnock Livingston
Rugby Park Almondvale Stadium
Capacity: 17,889[14] Capacity: 9,512[15]
   
Motherwell Rangers St Johnstone St. Mirren
Fir Park Ibrox Stadium McDiarmid Park St Mirren Park
Capacity: 13,677[16] Capacity: 50,817[17] Capacity: 10,696[18] Capacity: 8,023[19]
       

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Aberdeen   Derek McInnes   Graeme Shinnie Adidas Saltire Energy
Celtic   Brendan Rodgers   Scott Brown New Balance Dafabet
Dundee   Jim McIntyre   Kenny Miller Puma McEwan Fraser Legal
Hamilton Academical   Martin Canning   Darian MacKinnon Adidas Euro Mechanical Handling
Heart of Midlothian   Craig Levein   Christophe Berra Umbro Save the Children
Hibernian   Neil Lennon   David Gray Macron Marathonbet
Kilmarnock   Steve Clarke   Kris Boyd Nike QTS
Livingston   Gary Holt   Craig Halkett FBT Tony Macaroni
Motherwell   Stephen Robinson   Peter Hartley Macron BetPark
Rangers   Steven Gerrard   James Tavernier Hummel 32Red
St Johnstone   Tommy Wright   Joe Shaughnessy BLK Binn Group
St Mirren   Oran Kearney   Stephen McGinn Joma Skyview Capital

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Rangers   Jimmy Nicholl End of interim 13 May 2018[20] Pre-season   Steven Gerrard 1 June 2018[21]
St Mirren   Jack Ross Signed by Sunderland 25 May 2018[22]   Alan Stubbs 8 June 2018[23]
Livingston   David Hopkin Contract expired 31 May 2018[24]   Kenny Miller 30 June 2018[25]
Livingston   Kenny Miller Mutual consent 20 August 2018[26] 9th   Gary Holt 23 August 2018[27]
St Mirren   Alan Stubbs Sacked 3 September 2018[28] 11th   Oran Kearney 7 September 2018[29]
Dundee   Neil McCann Sacked 16 October 2018 12th   Jim McIntyre 17 October 2018

FormatEdit

In the initial phase of the season, the 12 teams will play a round-robin tournament whereby each team plays each one of the other teams three times. After 33 games, the league splits into two sections of six teams, with each team playing every other team 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 15 10 3 2 36 8 +28 33 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Rangers 16 9 4 3 38 14 +24 31 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Kilmarnock 17 9 4 4 25 17 +8 31
4 Heart of Midlothian 18 9 3 6 23 24 −1 30
5 Livingston 18 8 4 6 24 16 +8 28
6 St Johnstone 16 8 4 4 20 20 0 28
7 Aberdeen 16 8 3 5 20 17 +3 27
8 Hibernian 16 6 5 5 26 19 +7 23
9 Motherwell 16 4 3 9 16 26 −10 15
10 Hamilton Academical 17 4 1 12 12 37 −25 13
11 Dundee 16 2 3 11 13 33 −20 9 Qualification for the Premiership play-off final
12 St Mirren 17 2 3 12 12 34 −22 9 Relegation to the Scottish Championship
Updated to match(es) played on 14 December 2018. Source: BBC
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).
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams play each other three times (33 matches), before the league is split into two groups (the top six and the bottom six).

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 first qualifying round
Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
Qualification to Premiership play-off final
Relegation to 2019–20 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 6 2 2 2 6 5 3 2 3 2 2 1 1 2 3 1
Rangers 7 3 4 7 4 2 6 6 5 5 4 3 3 2 1 2 2
Kilmarnock 4 4 6 3 7 5 4 4 3 2 3 4 4 4 3 1 3
Heart of Midlothian 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 4 4 4
St Johnstone 10 10 8 5 6 8 8 8 8 7 7 5 5 5 5 5 5
Aberdeen 6 5 5 8 8 7 7 7 7 8 8 7 6 6 7 6 6
Livingston 9 9 7 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 6 8 7 8 6 7 7
Hibernian 2 2 3 6 5 3 2 2 6 6 5 6 8 7 8 8 8
Motherwell 12 12 11 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
Hamilton Academical 11 8 9 10 11 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Dundee 8 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11
St Mirren 5 7 10 11 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 12

Source: BBC Sport
Updated: 11 December 2018

ResultsEdit

Matches 1–22Edit

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

Home \ Away ABE CEL DUN HAM HOM HIB KIL LIV MOT RAN STJ STM
Aberdeen 3–0 1–0 0–2 3–2 1–0 1–1 0–2 4–1
Celtic 1–0 1–0 5–0 4–2 5–1 3–1 1–0
Dundee 0–1 0–5 4–0 0–3 0–3 1–2 1–3 1–1 a 1–1
Hamilton Academical 0–3 0–2 1–4 0–1 1–0 a 1–4 1–2 3–0
Heart of Midlothian 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 4–1
Hibernian 1–1 2–2 6–0 a 3–2 3–0 0–1 2–2
Kilmarnock 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 2–0
Livingston 0–0 4–0 1–0 5–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 3–1
Motherwell 3–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–3 0–1
Rangers 0–1 a 4–0 3–1 1–1 3–0 7–1 5–1 2–0
St Johnstone 1–1 0–6 1–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 2–0
St Mirren 0–0 2–1 1–3 2–0 0–1 1–2 0–2 0–2 0–2
Updated to match(es) played on 14 December 2018. Source: SPFL
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the match.

Matches 23–33Edit

Teams play each other once.

Home \ Away ABE CEL DUN HAM HOM HIB KIL LIV MOT RAN STJ STM
Aberdeen a
Celtic a
Dundee
Hamilton Academical
Heart of Midlothian a
Hibernian
Kilmarnock
Livingston
Motherwell a
Rangers
St Johnstone a
St Mirren
First match(es) will be played on 23 January 2019. Source: SPFL
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the match.

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

ScoringEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of 14 December 2018[1][2]
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Alfredo Morelos Rangers 9
2   Odsonne Édouard Celtic 8
  James Forrest Celtic
4   Steven Naismith Heart of Midlothian 7
  Eamonn Brophy Kilmarnock
  Greg Stewart Kilmarnock
7   Kenny Miller Dundee & Livingston 6
  James Tavernier Rangers
9   Ryan Christie Celtic 5
  Danny Johnson Motherwell
  Scott Arfield Rangers

Hat-tricksEdit

Updated 14 December 2018

No. Player For Against Date Score
1   James Forrest Celtic St Johnstone 7 October 2018 6–0 (4 goals)
2   Kenny Miller Dundee Hamilton Academical 5 December 2018 4–0

AttendancesEdit

These are the average attendances of the teams.

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Aberdeen 114,874 19,046 12,252 14,359 −9.0%
2 Celtic 408,570 59,143 56,044 58,367 +1.2%
3 Dundee 56,580 8,578 4,426 6,286 +5.7%
4 Hamilton Academical 23,503 5,013 1,459 2,937 −5.1%
5 Heart of Midlothian 162,087 19,429 15,915 18,009 −2.3%
6 Hibernian 119,149 18,583 15,096 17,021 −6.1%
7 Kilmarnock 47,433 10,988 4,143 5,929 +10.0%
8 Livingston 34,817 9,246 1,342 3,868 +186.9%
9 Motherwell 47,271 9,545 3,752 5,908 +8.4%
10 Rangers 396,644 50,130 48,729 49,580 +0.8%
11 St Johnstone 31,259 5,993 2,175 3,907 +2.6%
12 St Mirren 48,621 7,288 4,001 5,402 +21.5%
League total 1,490,807 59,143 1,342 15,212 −4.5%

Updated to games played on 11 December 2018
Source: [30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38][39][40][41]

AwardsEdit

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Ref.
Manager Club Player Club
August   Craig Levein Hearts   Tony Watt St Johnstone [42]
September   Gary Holt Livingston   Steven Naismith Hearts
October   Brendan Rodgers Celtic   James Forrest Celtic
November   Tommy Wright St Johnstone   Ryan Christie Celtic
December
January Winter Break
February
March
April

Premiership play-offsEdit

The quarter-final will be contested between the third and fourth-placed teams in the 2018–19 Championship, with the winners advancing to the semi-final to face the second-placed Championship side. The last remaining Championship team will play-off against the eleventh-placed Premiership team in the final, with the winners securing the last place in the 2019–20 Premiership.

BroadcastingEdit

Live MatchesEdit

The SPFL allows Sky Sports and BT Sport to broadcast up to six live home matches (combined) for each club, although this is only four for Celtic and Rangers. The TV deal allows the broadcasters to show 30 games each (and the play-offs for BT Sport) and provides approximately £21m to the SPFL per season.[43]

HighlightsEdit

Sky Sports hold the rights to Saturday night highlights and show the Premiership goals on Sky Sports News in their Goals Express programme. Gaelic-language channel BBC Alba can broadcast in full the repeat of 38 Saturday 3pm matches "as live" at 5.30pm. The main Premiership highlights programme is BBC Scotland's Sportscene programme, which shows in-depth highlights of all six Premiership matches every weekend. STV show the goals on Monday nights during the Sport section of their News at Six programme. The SPFL also uploads the goals from every Premiership match onto its YouTube channel — available from 6pm on a Sunday for UK and Ireland viewers and 10pm on a Saturday for those worldwide.

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