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The 2019–20 Scottish Premiership (known as the Ladbrokes Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is the seventh season of the Scottish Premiership, the highest division of Scottish football. The fixtures were published on 21 June 2019[4] and the season began on 3 August 2019.[5] Celtic are the defending champions.

Scottish Premiership
Season2019–20
Dates3 August 2019 – 17 May 2020
Matches played12
Goals scored40 (3.33 per match)
Top goalscorerRyan Christie (4 goals)[1][2]
Biggest home winCeltic 7–0 St Johnstone[3]
(3 August 2019)
Biggest away winMotherwell 2–5 Celtic[3]
(10 August 2019)
Highest scoringCeltic 7–0 St Johnstone[3]
(3 August 2019)
Motherwell 2–5 Celtic[3]
(10 August 2019)
Rangers 6–1 Hibernian[3]
(11 August 2019)
Longest winning run2 matches:[3]
Celtic
Rangers
Longest unbeaten run2 matches:[3]
4 teams
Longest winless run2 matches:[3]
5 teams
Longest losing run2 matches:[3]
Kilmarnock
Highest attendance58,877[3]
Celtic 7–0 St Johnstone
(3 August 2019)
Lowest attendance2,349[3]
St Johnstone 2–2 Livingston
(10 August 2019)
Total attendance193,324[3]
Average attendance16,110 (Green Arrow Up.svg137)[3]
2020–21 →
All statistics correct as of 11 August 2019.

Twelve teams contest the league: Aberdeen, Celtic, Hamilton Academical, Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Livingston, Motherwell, Rangers, Ross County, St Johnstone and St Mirren.

Contents

TeamsEdit

The following teams have changed division since the 2018–19 season.

Promoted from Scottish Championship

Relegated to Scottish Championship

Stadia and locationsEdit

Aberdeen Celtic Hamilton Academical Heart of Midlothian
Pittodrie Stadium Celtic Park New Douglas Park Tynecastle Park
Capacity: 20,866[8] Capacity: 60,411[9] Capacity: 6,018[10] Capacity: 20,099[11]
       
Hibernian
Location of teams in 2019–20 Scottish Premiership
Kilmarnock
Easter Road Rugby Park
Capacity: 20,421[12] Capacity: 17,889[13]
   
Livingston Motherwell
Almondvale Stadium Fir Park
Capacity: 9,512[14] Capacity: 13,677[15]
   
Rangers Ross County St Johnstone St Mirren
Ibrox Stadium Victoria Park McDiarmid Park St Mirren Park
Capacity: 50,817[16] Capacity: 6,541[17] Capacity: 10,696[18] Capacity: 7,937[19]
       

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Aberdeen   Derek McInnes   Joe Lewis Adidas Saltire Energy
Celtic   Neil Lennon   Scott Brown New Balance Dafabet
Hamilton Academical   Brian Rice   Darian MacKinnon Adidas Euro Mechanical Handling
Heart of Midlothian   Craig Levein   Christophe Berra Umbro Save the Children
Hibernian   Paul Heckingbottom   David Gray Macron Hibernian Community Foundation
Kilmarnock   Angelo Alessio   Gary Dicker Nike QTS
Livingston   Gary Holt   Alan Lithgow Nike Phoenix Drilling Ltd
Motherwell   Stephen Robinson   Peter Hartley Macron Paddy Power (unbranded)
Rangers   Steven Gerrard   James Tavernier Hummel 32Red
Ross County   Steven Ferguson and   Stuart Kettlewell   Marcus Fraser Macron McEwan Fraser Legal
St Johnstone   Tommy Wright   Jason Kerr Macron Binn Group
St Mirren   Jim Goodwin   Stephen McGinn Joma Skyview Capital

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Kilmarnock   Steve Clarke Signed by Scotland 20 May 2019[20] Pre-season   Angelo Alessio 16 June 2019[21]
Celtic   Neil Lennon End of interim 25 May 2019[22]   Neil Lennon 31 May 2019[23]
St Mirren   Oran Kearney Mutual consent 26 June 2019[24]   Jim Goodwin 29 June 2019[25]

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 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 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 2 2 0 0 12 2 +10 6 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Rangers 2 2 0 0 8 2 +6 6 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Ross County 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 4
4 Aberdeen 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
5 St Mirren 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3
6 Hamilton Academical 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1 3
7 Hibernian 2 1 0 1 2 6 −4 3
8 Livingston 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
9 Heart of Midlothian 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1
10 Motherwell 2 0 1 1 2 5 −3 1
11 St Johnstone 2 0 1 1 2 9 −7 1 Qualification for the Premiership play-off final
12 Kilmarnock 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0 Relegation to the Championship
Updated to match(es) played on 11 August 2019. 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 for Champions League first qualifying round
Qualification for Europa League first qualifying round
Qualification for Premiership play-off final
Relegation to 2020–21 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 1 1
Rangers 4 2
Ross County 2 3
Aberdeen 3 4
St Mirren 10 5
Hamilton Academical 11 6
Hibernian 5 7
Livingston 6 8
Heart of Midlothian 8 9
Motherwell 7 10
St Johnstone 12 11
Kilmarnock 9 12

Source: BBC Sport

ResultsEdit

Matches 1–22Edit

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

Home \ Away ABE CEL HAM HOM HIB KIL LIV MOT RAN ROS STJ STM
Aberdeen 3–2 a
Celtic a 7–0
Hamilton Academical 2–0 a
Heart of Midlothian a 0–0
Hibernian a 1–0
Kilmarnock 1–2
Livingston 0–0
Motherwell 2–5 a
Rangers a a 6–1
Ross County 3–0
St Johnstone 2–2
St Mirren 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on 11 August 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 rivalry between the two participants.

Matches 23–33Edit

Teams play each other once.

Home \ Away ABE CEL HAM HOM HIB KIL LIV MOT RAN ROS STJ STM
Aberdeen
Celtic
Hamilton Academical a
Heart of Midlothian
Hibernian a
Kilmarnock
Livingston
Motherwell
Rangers a a
Ross County
St Johnstone
St Mirren
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 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

ScoringEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of 11 August 2019[1][2]
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Ryan Christie Celtic 4
2   Jermain Defoe Rangers 3
3   Sam Cosgrove Aberdeen 2
  Odsonne Édouard Celtic
  Leigh Griffiths Celtic
  Liam Donnelly Motherwell
  Alfredo Morelos Rangers
8 23 players 1

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Score Date
  Ryan Christie Celtic St Johnstone 7–0 (H) 3 August 2019
  Jermain Defoe Rangers Hibernian 6–1 (H) 11 August 2019

AttendancesEdit

These are the average attendances of the teams.

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Celtic 58,877 58,877 58,877 58,877 +1.9%
2 Rangers 49,718 49,718 49,718 49,718 +0.3%
3 Hibernian 16,631 16,631 16,631 16,631 −6.3%
4 Aberdeen 16,410 16,410 16,410 16,410 +10.0%
5 Heart of Midlothian 15,652 15,652 15,652 15,652 −10.9%
6 Kilmarnock 9,196 9,196 9,196 9,196 +33.4%
7 Motherwell 8,822 8,822 8,822 8,822 +61.9%
8 St Mirren 6,199 6,199 6,199 6,199 +15.8%
9 Ross County[a] 4,071 4,071 4,071 4,071 +5.8%
10 Hamilton Academical 2,766 2,766 2,766 2,766 −2.2%
11 Livingston 2,633 2,633 2,633 2,633 −28.1%
12 St Johnstone 2,349 2,349 2,349 2,349 −39.6%
League total 193,324 58,877 2,349 16,110 +0.9%

Updated to games played on 11 August 2019
Source: [26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37]

  1. ^ Club was playing in the Scottish Championship in the previous season.

AwardsEdit

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Ref.
Manager Club Player Club
August
September
October
November
December
January Winter Break
February
March
April

Premiership play-offsEdit

The quarter-finals will be contested between the third and fourth placed teams in the Scottish Championship. The winners will advance to the semi-finals to face the second placed team in the Championship, and the winners of that tie will advance to the final to play-off against the 11th placed team in the Premiership, with the winners securing a place in the 2020–21 Scottish Premiership.

BroadcastingEdit

Live MatchesEdit

The SPFL permits Sky Sports and BT Sport up to six live home matches between the broadcasters from each club - although this is only four for Rangers and Celtic. Sky Sports and BT Sport's deal allows them to broadcast 30 games each (and the play-offs for BT). The deal roughly provides £21m to SPFL per season.[38] This is the final season of the contract; from 2020–21, Sky Sports will have exclusive rights to Scottish Premiership matches.[39]

HighlightsEdit

Sky Sports hold the rights to Saturday night highlights - however, they do not broadcast a dedicated programme and instead merely show the goals of the Premiership matches on Sky Sports News in their Goals Express programme - which primarily is focused on goals from the English Football League. Gaelic-language channel BBC Alba has the rights to broadcast the repeat in full 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. 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.

ReferencesEdit

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