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2018–19 in Scottish football

Transfer dealsEdit

Celtic sold striker Moussa Dembélé to Lyon for €22 million (about £19.7 million), a record transfer fee received by a Scottish club.[1][2]

League competitionsEdit

Scottish PremiershipEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation[a]
1 Celtic (C) 38 27 6 5 77 20 +57 87 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Rangers 38 23 9 6 82 27 +55 78 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[b]
3 Kilmarnock 38 19 10 9 50 31 +19 67
4 Aberdeen 38 20 7 11 57 44 +13 67
5 Hibernian 38 14 12 12 51 39 +12 54
6 Heart of Midlothian 38 15 6 17 42 50 −8 51
7 St Johnstone 38 15 7 16 38 48 −10 52
8 Motherwell 38 15 6 17 46 56 −10 51
9 Livingston 38 11 11 16 42 44 −2 44
10 Hamilton Academical 38 9 6 23 28 75 −47 33
11 St Mirren (O) 38 8 8 22 34 66 −32 32 Qualification for the Premiership play-off final
12 Dundee (R) 38 5 6 27 31 78 −47 21 Relegation to the Championship
Source: Soccerway 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).[3]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
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).
  2. ^ Since the winners of the 2018–19 Scottish Cup, Celtic, qualified for European competition based on league position, the spot awarded to the Scottish Cup winners (Europa League first qualifying round) was passed to the fourth-placed team.

Scottish ChampionshipEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Ross County (C, P) 36 21 8 7 63 34 +29 71 Promotion to the Premiership
2 Dundee United 36 19 8 9 49 40 +9 65 Qualification for the Premiership play-off semi-final
3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 36 14 14 8 48 40 +8 56 Qualification for the Premiership play-off quarter-final
4 Ayr United 36 15 9 12 50 38 +12 54
5 Greenock Morton 36 11 13 12 36 45 −9 46
6 Partick Thistle 36 12 7 17 43 52 −9 43
7 Dunfermline Athletic 36 11 8 17 33 40 −7 41
8 Alloa Athletic 36 10 9 17 39 53 −14 39
9 Queen of the South (O) 36 9 11 16 41 48 −7 38 Qualification for the Championship play-offs
10 Falkirk (R) 36 9 11 16 37 49 −12 38 Relegation to League One
Source: SPFL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Points in head-to-head matches; 5) Goal difference in hth matches; 6). Goals scored in hth matches; 7). Play-off (only for deciding promotion, play-off participation and relegation).[4]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

Scottish League OneEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Arbroath (C, P) 36 20 10 6 63 38 +25 70 Promotion to the Championship
2 Forfar Athletic 36 19 6 11 54 47 +7 63 Qualification for the Championship play-offs
3 Raith Rovers 36 16 12 8 74 48 +26 60
4 Montrose 36 15 6 15 49 50 −1 51
5 Airdrieonians 36 14 6 16 51 44 +7 48
6 Dumbarton 36 12 10 14 60 60 0 46
7 East Fife 36 13 7 16 49 56 −7 46
8 Stranraer 36 11 9 16 45 57 −12 42
9 Stenhousemuir (R) 36 10 7 19 35 61 −26 37 Qualification for the League One play-offs
10 Brechin City (R) 36 9 9 18 42 61 −19 36 Relegation to League Two
Source: SPFL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

Scottish League TwoEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Peterhead (C, P) 36 24 7 5 65 29 +36 79 Promotion to League One
2 Clyde[a] (O, P) 36 23 5 8 63 35 +28 74 Qualification for the League One play-offs
3 Edinburgh City 36 20 7 9 58 31 +27 67
4 Annan Athletic 36 20 6 10 70 39 +31 66
5 Stirling Albion 36 13 8 15 44 45 −1 47
6 Cowdenbeath 36 12 7 17 46 46 0 43
7 Queen's Park[a] 36 11 10 15 44 47 −3 43
8 Elgin City 36 13 4 19 52 67 −15 43
9 Albion Rovers[a] 36 7 6 23 32 71 −39 27
10 Berwick Rangers (R) 36 5 4 27 27 91 −64 19 Qualification for the League Two play-off final
Source: SPFL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Albion Rovers and Queen's Park were awarded 3–0 technical victories against Clyde in February 2019 after Clyde fielded an ineligible player. The original matches had finished 1–0 to Clyde and 1–1 respectively.[5][6]

Non-league footballEdit

SPFL Reserve LeagueEdit

In 2018, the Development League was abolished and replaced by a reserve team competition.[11]

HonoursEdit

Cup honoursEdit

Competition Winner Score Runner-up Match report
2018–19 Scottish Cup Celtic 2–1 Heart of Midlothian BBC Sport
2018–19 League Cup Celtic 1–0 Aberdeen BBC Sport
2018–19 Challenge Cup Ross County 3–1 Connah's Quay Nomads BBC Sport
2018–19 Youth Cup Rangers 3–2 Celtic BBC Sport
2018–19 Junior Cup Auchinleck Talbot 2–0 Largs Thistle BBC Sport
2018–19 South Challenge Cup East Kilbride 2–1 Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic Edinburgh Evening News

Non-league honoursEdit

SeniorEdit

Competition Winner
Highland League Cove Rangers
Lowland League East Kilbride
East of Scotland League Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic
South of Scotland League Stranraer reserves

JuniorEdit

West Region
Division Winner
Premiership Auchinleck Talbot
Championship Rutherglen Glencairn
League One Gartcairn Juniors
League Two Lanark United
East Region
Division Winner
Superleague Lochee United
Premier League North Dundee North End
Premier League South Pumpherston
North Region
Division Winner
Superleague Banks O' Dee
North First Division Banchory St. Ternan
North Second Division Buchanhaven Hearts

Reserve and YouthEdit

Competition Winner Runner-up Ref
Reserve League Rangers Celtic [12]
Reserve League 2 Livingston Ayr United [13][14]
Reserve League Cup Heart of Midlothian Motherwell [15]
Reserve Challenge Cup Ayr United Livingston [16]
Scottish Youth Cup Rangers Celtic [17]

Individual honoursEdit

PFA Scotland awardsEdit

Award Winner Team
Players' Player of the Year James Forrest[18] Celtic
Young Player of the Year Ryan Kent[18] Rangers
Manager of the Year Steve Clarke[18] Kilmarnock
Championship Player Stephen Dobbie[18] Queen of the South
League One Player Bobby Linn[18] Arbroath
League Two Player Blair Henderson[18] Edinburgh City

SFWA awardsEdit

Award Winner Team
Footballer of the Year James Forrest[19] Celtic
Young Player of the Year David Turnbull[20] Motherwell
Manager of the Year Steve Clarke[21] Kilmarnock

SPFL awardsEdit

Award Winner Team Ref
Premiership Manager Steve Clarke Kilmarnock [22]
Premiership Player James Forrest Celtic [23]
Championship Manager Steve Ferguson and
Stuart Kettlewell
Ross County [24]
Championship Player Stephen Dobbie Queen of the South [25]
League One Manager Dick Campbell Arbroath [26]
League One Player Bobby Linn Arbroath [27]
League Two Manager Danny Lennon Clyde [28]
League Two Player Blair Henderson Edinburgh City [29]
SPFL Tartan Boot Kevin Nisbet
Blair Henderson
Raith Rovers
Edinburgh City
[30]
Premiership Tartan Ball Alfredo Morelos Rangers [30]
Championship Tartan Ball Lawrence Shankland Ayr United [30]
League One Tartan Ball Kevin Nisbet Raith Rovers [30]
League Two Tartan Ball Blair Henderson Edinburgh City [30]

Scottish clubs in EuropeEdit

CelticEdit

UEFA Champions League

Celtic started in the first qualifying round of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League, and were drawn against Armenian club Alashkert.[31]

UEFA Europa League

Having lost in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, Celtic dropped into the play-off round of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League.[32]

Group stage

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SAL CEL RBL ROS
1   Red Bull Salzburg 6 6 0 0 17 6 +11 18 Advance to knockout phase 3–1 1–0 3–0
2   Celtic 6 3 0 3 6 8 −2 9 1–2 2–1 1–0
3   RB Leipzig 6 2 1 3 9 8 +1 7 2–3 2–0 1–1
4   Rosenborg 6 0 1 5 4 14 −10 1 2–5 0–1 1–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Celtic finished second in Group B, and progressed to the knockout rounds.[33]

Knockout stage

AberdeenEdit

UEFA Europa League

Having finished second in the 2017–18 Scottish Premiership, Aberdeen started in the second qualifying round of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League.[34]

RangersEdit

UEFA Europa League

Rangers started in the first qualifying round of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League, where they were drawn to play Macedonian club Shkupi.[34]

Group stage

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification VIL RW RAN SPM
1   Villarreal 6 2 4 0 12 5 +7 10[a] Advance to knockout phase 5–0 2–2 2–0
2   Rapid Wien 6 3 1 2 6 9 −3 10[a] 0–0 1–0 2–0
3   Rangers 6 1 3 2 8 8 0 6 0–0 3–1 0–0
4   Spartak Moscow 6 1 2 3 8 12 −4 5 3–3 1–2 4–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Villarreal 4, Rapid Wien 1.

HibernianEdit

UEFA Europa League

Hibernian started in the first qualifying round of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League, and were paired with Faroese club Runavík.[34]

Scotland national teamEdit

Women's footballEdit

League and Cup honoursEdit

Division Winner
2018 SWPL 1 Glasgow City[36]
2018 SWPL 2 Motherwell[37]
2018 SWFL First Division (North) Dundee United
2018 SWFL First Division (South) Hibernian 23s
2018 SWFL Second Division (West) Ayr United
2018 SWFL Second Division (Central) Glasgow City Development
2018 SWFL Second Division (East) Kelty Hearts CC
2018 SWFL Second Division (North) Montrose Ladies
Competition Winner Score Runner-up Match report
Scottish Women's Cup Hibernian 8–0 Motherwell BBC Sport
SWPL Cup Hibernian 9–0 Celtic BBC Sport
SWFL First Division Cup Celtic Academy 1–0 Hibernian 23s
SWFL Second Division Cup

Individual honoursEdit

SWPL awardsEdit

Award Winner Team
Players' Player of the Year
Player of the Year
Manager of the Year
Young Player of the Year

Scottish Women's Premier LeagueEdit

SWPL 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Glasgow City (C, Q) 21 19 2 0 75 12 +63 59 Qualification for the Champions League Round of 32
2 Hibernian (Q) 21 18 2 1 80 17 +63 56 Qualification for the Champions League Qualifying Round
3 Celtic 21 11 3 7 41 31 +10 36
4 Rangers 21 8 1 12 33 46 −13 25
5 Forfar Farmington 21 7 2 12 20 45 −25 23
6 Spartans 21 4 4 13 23 46 −23 16
7 Stirling University 21 4 3 14 17 54 −37 15
8 Hamilton Academical (R) 21 3 3 15 17 55 −38 12 Relegation to SWPL 2
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated.

SWPL 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Motherwell[a] (C, P) 21 18 2 1 90 19 +71 56 Promotion to SWPL 1
2 FC Kilmarnock[a] 21 10 5 6 41 32 +9 35
3 Heart of Midlothian 21 10 4 7 39 30 +9 34
4 St Johnstone 21 9 4 8 39 40 −1 31
5 Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale 21 8 6 7 55 43 +12 30
6 Glasgow Girls 21 8 4 9 43 48 −5 28
7 Aberdeen (R) 21 4 3 14 29 53 −24 15 Relegation to SWFL Division 1 – North
8 Central Girls (R) 21 2 2 17 24 95 −71 8
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b FC Kilmarnock were awarded a 3–0 win against Motherwell on 22 February 2018 after they failed to hand a team line to their opponents and the referee 45 minutes before kick-off. The match had finished 2–1 to Motherwell.[38]

UEFA Women's Champions LeagueEdit

Glasgow CityEdit

Glasgow City entered the Champions League in the qualifying round.[39]

Scotland women's national teamEdit

With a 2–1 win against Albania in the final round of group fixtures, Scotland qualified for their first World Cup finals tournament by winning UEFA Group 2.[40]

DeathsEdit

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