2019–20 Scottish Premiership

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

Scottish Premiership
Season2019–20
Dates3 August 2019 – 8 March 2020
ChampionsCeltic
7th Premiership title
51st Scottish title
RelegatedHeart of Midlothian
Champions LeagueCeltic
Europa LeagueRangers
Motherwell
Matches played179
Goals scored490 (2.74 per match)
Top goalscorerOdsonne Édouard
(22 goals)[1][2]
Biggest home winCeltic 7–0 St Johnstone[3]
(3 August 2019)
Biggest away winSt Johnstone 0–4 Rangers[3]
(22 September 2019)
Aberdeen 0–4 Celtic[3]
(27 October 2019)
Ross County 0–4 Rangers[3]
(30 October 2019)
Motherwell 0–4 Celtic[3]
(5 February 2020)
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)
Heart of Midlothian 5–2 St Mirren[3]
(9 November 2019)
Longest winning run11 matches[3]
Celtic
Longest unbeaten run16 matches[3]
Rangers
Longest winless run11 matches[3]
Hamilton Academical
Longest losing run7 matches[3]
Kilmarnock
Highest attendance59,131[3]
Celtic 2–1 Aberdeen
(21 December 2019)
Lowest attendance1,075[3]
Hamilton Academical 2–1 Livingston
(28 September 2019)
Total attendance2,741,726[3]
Average attendance15,316[3](Red Arrow Down.svg657)
All statistics correct as of 11 March 2020.

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

On 13 March 2020, the Scottish football season was suspended with immediate effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5] The Premiership was curtailed on 18 May 2020, with average points per game used to determine final league positions. As a result, Celtic won a ninth consecutive title, whilst Hearts were relegated to the Championship,[6] a decision which prompted the Edinburgh-based club to pursue legal action.[7]

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[10] Capacity: 60,411[11] Capacity: 6,018[12] Capacity: 20,099[13]
       
Hibernian
Location of teams in 2019–20 Scottish Premiership
Kilmarnock
Easter Road Rugby Park
Capacity: 20,421[14] Capacity: 17,889[15]
   
Livingston Motherwell
Almondvale Stadium Fir Park
Capacity: 9,512[16] Capacity: 13,677[17]
   
Rangers Ross County St Johnstone St Mirren
Ibrox Stadium Victoria Park McDiarmid Park St Mirren Park
Capacity: 50,817[18] Capacity: 6,541[19] Capacity: 10,696[20] Capacity: 7,937[21]
       

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   Brian Easton Adidas Euro Mechanical Handling
Heart of Midlothian   Daniel Stendel   Steven Naismith Umbro Save the Children
Hibernian   Jack Ross   David Gray Macron Hibernian Community Foundation
Kilmarnock   Alex Dyer   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   Alec Cleland (caretaker)   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[22] Pre-season   Angelo Alessio 16 June 2019[23]
Celtic   Neil Lennon End of interim spell 25 May 2019[24]   Neil Lennon 31 May 2019[25]
St Mirren   Oran Kearney Mutual consent 26 June 2019[26]   Jim Goodwin 29 June 2019[27]
Heart of Midlothian   Craig Levein Sacked 31 October 2019[28] 11th   Daniel Stendel 7 December 2019[29]
Hibernian   Paul Heckingbottom 4 November 2019[30] 10th   Jack Ross 15 November 2019[31]
Kilmarnock   Angelo Alessio 17 December 2019[32] 5th   Alex Dyer 30 December 2019[33]
St Johnstone   Tommy Wright Resigned 2 May 2020[34] 7th   Alec Cleland (caretaker) 2 May 2020[34]

FormatEdit

In the initial phase of the season, the 12 teams 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 were due be played (38 matches by each team)

League summaryEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts PPG Qualification or relegation[a]
1 Celtic (C) 30 26 2 2 89 19 +70 80 2.67 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Rangers 29 21 4 4 64 19 +45 67 2.31 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round[b]
3 Motherwell 30 14 4 12 41 38 +3 46 1.53 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
4 Aberdeen 30 12 9 9 40 36 +4 45 1.50
5 Livingston 30 10 9 11 41 39 +2 39 1.30
6 St Johnstone 29 8 12 9 28 46 −18 36 1.24
7 Hibernian 30 9 10 11 42 49 −7 37 1.23
8 Kilmarnock 30 9 6 15 31 41 −10 33 1.10
9 St Mirren 30 7 8 15 24 41 −17 29 0.97
10 Ross County 30 7 8 15 29 60 −31 29 0.97
11 Hamilton Academical 30 6 9 15 30 50 −20 27 0.90
12 Heart of Midlothian (R) 30 4 11 15 31 52 −21 23 0.77 Relegation to the Championship
Source: BBC SPFL
Rules for classification: 1) Points per game; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-Head points; 5) Head-to-Head goal difference; 6) Play-off (only if deciding champion, UEFA competitions qualification, second stage group allocation or relegation).[36]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ All play-off matches were cancelled, as clubs voted to curtail the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[35]
  2. ^ Since the 2019–20 Scottish Cup was postponed and could not be completed by the UEFA registration deadline of 3 August 2020, the spot awarded to the Scottish Cup winners (Europa League second qualifying round) was passed to the second-placed team, while the fourth-placed team also qualified for European competition.

Positions by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
Celtic111111121111111111111111111111
Rangers422222212222222222222222222222
Motherwell6106534333433444434333333344333
Aberdeen345443444544333343444444433444
Livingston783356667767887878675555555555
St Johnstone121110121112121212128111112121112101099988888886
Hibernian57799111110111198666666756666666667
Kilmarnock91212667775355555555567777777778
St Mirren1058101010101191012121210101299910101010101010101099
Ross County23487555667677878788889999991010
Hamilton Academical1169789888810910119101112111111111112111111111111
Heart of Midlothian891111128991091110991191011121212121211121212121212
Leader and Champions League first qualifying round
Europa League second qualifying round
Europa League first qualifying round
Relegated to the Championship

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 0–4 1–0 3–2 1–1 3–0 2–1 0–1 2–2 3–0 1–1 2–1
Celtic 2–1 2–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–2 6–0 7–0 2–0
Hamilton Academical 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 0–1 0–1
Heart of Midlothian 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–2 0–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 5–2
Hibernian 3–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 0–3 2–2 2–2 1–0
Kilmarnock 0–0 1–3 2–2 3–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–0
Livingston 0–2 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 3–0 0–0 0–2 4–0 1–0 2–1
Motherwell 0–3 2–5 1–2 1–0 3–0 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–2 4–0 2–0
Rangers 5–0 0–2 5–0 5–0 6–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 2–0 N/A 1–0
Ross County 1–3 1–4 3–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–4 1–2 0–4 2–2 2–1
St Johnstone 1–1 0–3 3–2 1–0 1–4 0–1 2–2 0–1 0–4 1–1 0–0
St Mirren 1–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 3–3 0–3 0–1 2–1 2–0
Source: SPFL
Legend: 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, either home or away.

Home \ Away ABE CEL HAM HOM HIB KIL LIV MOT RAN ROS STJ STM
Aberdeen 1–2 N/A 3–1 1–2 0–1
Celtic 5–0 3–1 3–0 N/A 5–0
Hamilton Academical 1–3 1–4 N/A 1–0 2–4 0–0
Heart of Midlothian 2–2 2–3 1–1 2–1 N/A
Hibernian N/A 1–3 1–1 3–0 N/A 2–2
Kilmarnock 2–2 1–2 N/A 2–1 3–1 N/A
Livingston N/A 2–2 N/A 1–0 2–1
Motherwell N/A 0–4 0–0 N/A 4–1 1–2
Rangers 0–0 N/A 0–1 2–1 1–0 N/A
Ross County N/A 2–0 0–1 1–1 N/A
St Johnstone N/A 3–3 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–2
St Mirren 0–0 1–1 1–0 N/A 0–0
Source: SPFL
Legend: 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

It was intended that after 33 matches, the league would split 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 would be determined by the position of the teams in the league table at the time of the split. However, the season's premature finish, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meant that this split was never applied.

Season statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

Top scorersEdit

[1][2]

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Odsonne Édouard Celtic 22
2   Jermain Defoe Rangers 13
3   Christian Doidge Hibernian 12
  Alfredo Morelos Rangers
5   Sam Cosgrove Aberdeen 11
  Ryan Christie Celtic
7   James Forrest Celtic 10

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
  Jermain Defoe Rangers Hamilton Academical 5–0 (H) 6 October 2019
  Christian Doidge Hibernian St Johnstone 1–4 (A) 9 November 2019
  Lyndon Dykes Livingston Ross County 4–0 (H) 21 December 2019
  Leigh Griffiths Celtic St Mirren 5–0 (H) 7 March 2020

AttendancesEdit

These are the average attendances of the teams.

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Celtic 869,160 59,131 54,584 57,944 +0.3%
2 Rangers 689,327 50,012 47,583 49,237 −0.7%
3 Heart of Midlothian 251,262 19,313 14,681 16,750 −4.6%
4 Hibernian 250,923 20,197 14,486 16,728 −5.7%
5 Aberdeen 207,540 16,410 12,325 13,836 −7.3%
6 Kilmarnock 87,844 9,196 4,083 5,856 −15.1%
7 Motherwell 83,618 8,822 3,191 5,574 +2.3%
8 St Mirren 80,647 7,332 4,240 5,376 +0.5%
9 Ross County[a] 65,302 6,575 3,301 4,664 +21.2%
10 St Johnstone 65,461 8,743 2,231 4,091 +5.1%
11 Livingston 49,598 8,640 1,076 3,542 −3.3%
12 Hamilton Academical 41,044 5,300 1,075 2,565 −9.3%
League total 2,741,726 59,131 1,075 15,316 −4.1%
  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   Neil Lennon Celtic   Odsonne Édouard Celtic
September   Steven Gerrard Rangers   Alfredo Morelos Rangers
October   Angelo Alessio Kilmarnock   Mohamed Elyounoussi Celtic
November   Neil Lennon Celtic   Christian Doidge Hibernian
December   Steven Gerrard Rangers   Martin Boyle Hibernian
January   Gary Holt Livingston   Odsonne Édouard Celtic
February   Neil Lennon Celtic   Billy Mckay Ross County

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.[49] This is the final season of the contract; from 2020–21, Sky Sports will have exclusive rights to Scottish Premiership matches.[50]

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.

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