Football records in Scotland

Football in Scotland is a popular professional sport. Founded in 1873,[1] Scotland has the second oldest national football association in the world. The national cup competition, the Scottish Cup, was started in the 1873–74 season. Its trophy is the oldest national sporting trophy in the world.[2] A Scottish football league system was first instituted in 1890, with the creation of the Scottish Football League. A second national cup competition, the Scottish League Cup, was created in the 1946–47 season. This page details the team and individual records set in these competitions.

League competitionsEdit

Team recordsEdit

Titles
  • Most top-flight league titles: 55, Rangers[3]
  • Most consecutive league titles: 9, joint record:[3]
    • Celtic (1965–66 to 1973–74)[3]
    • Rangers (1988–89 to 1996–97)[3]
    • Celtic (2011–12 to 2019–20)[3]
  • Longest gap between title wins: 61 years, Hearts (1897 to 1958)
Top-flight appearances
  • Most appearances: 124 completed seasons, Celtic (1890–present)[4]
Largest victories
Streaks
  • Longest top flight unbeaten run: 62 games, Celtic (20 November 1915 – 21 April 1917)[6][7]
    • Longest top flight unbeaten run (games in all national competitions): 69 games (56 in the league), Celtic (15 May 2016 – 13 December 2017) [8][9]
  • Most consecutive top flight wins: 25, Celtic (2003–04)
  • Unbeaten league season:
Attendances

IndividualEdit

Goals
Appearances
Goalkeepers
Titles

Scottish CupEdit

Team recordsEdit

  • Most final wins: 40, Celtic[15][16]
  • Most consecutive final wins: 4, :
    • Celtic (2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20)[15]
  • Most final appearances: 59, Celtic (includes cancelled 1909 fixture)[15]
  • Most consecutive final defeats: 3, Vale of Leven (1882–83 – 1884–85)
  • Most consecutive final appearances: 8, Rangers (1975–76 – 1982–83)[16]
  • Longest gap between final wins: 114 years, Hibernian (1901–02 – 2015–16)
  • Most final appearances without winning: 2, Hamilton Academical (1910–11, 1934–35)[15]
  • Most final appearances without defeat: 2, St Johnstone
  • Longest winning streak in finals: 14, Rangers (1929–30, 1931–32, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1947–48, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1952–53, 1959–60, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66)
  • Longest losing streak in finals: 10, Hibernian (1913–14, 1922–23, 1923–24, 1946–47, 1957–58, 1971–72, 1978–79, 2000–01, 2011–12, 2012–13)
  • Biggest final wins: 5 goals, joint record:
  • Most goals in a final: 7:
  • Most goals by a runner-up: 3:
    • Queen's Park: Lost 3–4 against Celtic (1899–1900)
    • Celtic: Lost 3–4 against Hearts (1900–01)
    • Dundee United: Lost 3–4 against Motherwell (1990–91)
    • Hearts: Lost on penalties against Celtic after the game finished 3–3 (aet) (2019–20)
  • Most final losses:18, joint record: Celtic and Rangers (excludes cancelled 1909 fixture)[15]
  • Most common pairing in the final: 15, Celtic v Rangers (7 wins each, 1908–09 was withheld)[16]
Attendances

IndividualEdit

Scottish League CupEdit

Team recordsEdit

  • Most final wins: 27, Rangers[17]
  • Most consecutive final wins: 5, Celtic (1965–66 – 1969–70)[17]
  • Most final appearances: 35, Rangers[17]
  • Most consecutive final defeats: 4, Celtic (1970–71 – 1973–74)
  • Most consecutive final appearances: 14, Celtic (1964–65 – 1977–78)[16]
  • Most final appearances without winning: 3, Dunfermline Athletic[17]  (1949–50, 1991–92, 2005–06)
  • Most final appearances without losing: 3, East Fife (1947–48, 1949–50, 1953–54)
  • Longest gap between final wins: 21 years, Aberdeen (1955–56 – 1976–77)
  • Longest winning streak in finals: 9, Rangers (1990–91, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2007–08)
  • Longest losing streak in finals: 5, joint record:
    • Kilmarnock (1952–53, 1960–61, 1962–63, 2000–01, 2006–07),
    • Dundee United (1981–82, 1984–85, 1997–98, 2007–08, 2014–15)
  • Biggest final win: 6 goals:
  • Most goals in a final: 9:
  • Most goals by a runner-up: 3:
    • Dundee: Lost 3–5 against Celtic (1967–68)
    • Hibernian: Lost 3–6 against Celtic (1974–75)
    • Aberdeen: Drew 3–3 against Rangers but lost on penalties (1987–88)
    • Hearts: Lost 3–4 against Rangers (1996–97)
  • Most final losses: 15, Celtic[17]
  • Most common pairing in the final: 15, Celtic v Rangers (9 Rangers wins, 6 Celtic wins)[16]
Attendances
Individual

TransfersEdit

Record transfer fees paidEdit

Rank Player From To Fee Date Notes
1 Tore Andre Flo Chelsea Rangers £12,000,000 23 November 2000 [18]
2 Odsonne Édouard Paris Saint-Germain Celtic £9,000,000 15 June 2018 [19]
3= Christopher Jullien Toulouse Celtic £7,000,000 28 June 2019 [20]
3= Ryan Kent Liverpool Rangers £7,000,000 2 September 2019 [21]
5 Michael Ball Everton Rangers £6,500,000 20 August 2001 [22]
6= Chris Sutton Chelsea Celtic £6,000,000 11 July 2000 [23]
6= John Hartson Coventry City Celtic £6,000,000 2 August 2001 [24]
8 Mikel Arteta Barcelona Rangers £5,800,000 29 June 2002
9= Eyal Berkovic West Ham United Celtic £5,750,000 8 July 1999 [25]
9= Neil Lennon Leicester City Celtic £5,750,000 8 December 2000 [26]

Record transfer fees receivedEdit

Rank Player From To Fee Date Notes
1 Kieran Tierney Celtic Arsenal £25,000,000 8 August 2019 [27]
2 Moussa Dembélé Celtic Olympique Lyonnais £19,700,000 31 August 2018 [28]
3 Kristoffer Ajer Celtic Brentford £13,500,000 21 July 2021 [29][30]
4 Victor Wanyama Celtic Southampton £12,500,000 11 July 2013 [31]
5= Virgil van Dijk Celtic Southampton £11,500,000 1 September 2015 [32][33]
5= Jeremie Frimpong Celtic Bayer Leverkusen £11,500,000 27 January 2021 [34]
7 Fraser Forster Celtic Southampton £10,000,000 9 August 2014 [35]
8 Aiden McGeady Celtic Spartak Moscow £9,500,000 1 August 2010 [36]
9= Craig Gordon Heart of Midlothian Sunderland £9,000,000 8 August 2007 [37]
9= Alan Hutton Rangers Tottenham Hotspur £9,000,000 30 January 2008 [38]

Most successful clubs by titlesEdit

Team Domestic European Total
League titles Scottish Cup League Cup Champions League Cup Winner's Cup Europa League Super Cup
Rangers 55 33 27 - 1 - - 116
Celtic 51 40 19 1 - - - 111
Aberdeen 4 7 6 - 1 - 1 19
Heart of Midlothian 4 8 4 - - - - 16
Hibernian 4 3 3 - - - - 10
Queen's Park - 10 - - - - - 10
Kilmarnock 1 3 1 - - - - 5
Dundee United 1 2 2 - - - - 5
Dundee 1 1 3 - - - - 5
Motherwell 1 2 1 - - - - 4
St Mirren - 3 1 - - - - 4
East Fife - 1 3 - - - - 4
Dumbarton 2 1 - - - - - 3
Third Lanark 1 2 - - - - - 3
Clyde - 3 - - - - - 3
St Johnstone - 2 1 - - - - 3
Falkirk - 2 - - - - - 2
Dunfermline Athletic - 2 - - - - - 2
Partick Thistle - 1 1 - - - - 2
Inverness Caledonian Thistle - 1 - - - - - 1
Greenock Morton - 1 - - - - - 1
Airdrieonians - 1 - - - - - 1
St Bernard's - 1 - - - - - 1
Raith Rovers - - 1 - - - - 1
Livingston - - 1 - - - - 1
Ross County - - 1 - - - - 1

ReferencesEdit

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