1985–86 Scottish Premier Division

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Scottish Premier Division
Season 1985–86
Champions Celtic
Top goalscorer Ally McCoist (24)

Celtic won the 1985–86 Scottish Premier Division and became champions in one of the closest finishes in League history. On the final day of the season Hearts were leading Celtic by two points - a draw against Dundee would have been sufficient to see them win their first League title since the 1959–60 season. Hearts lost 2–0 to Dundee at Dens Park thanks to two late goals by substitute Albert Kidd, while Celtic beat St. Mirren 5–0 at Love Street. As a result, Celtic won the league on goal difference.[1]

Relegation was suspended due to league reconstruction, therefore Motherwell and Clydebank retained their Premier Division status.

Much of the season was only viewed in the flesh as a dispute between television companies and the Scottish Football League resulted in no televised Scottish league football between September 1985 and March 1986.[2]

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Celtic (C) 36 20 10 6 67 38 +29 50 1986–87 European Cup First round
2 Heart of Midlothian 36 20 10 6 59 33 +26 50 1986–87 UEFA Cup First round
3 Dundee United 36 18 11 7 59 31 +28 47
4 Aberdeen 36 16 12 8 62 31 +31 44 1986–87 European Cup Winners' Cup First round
5 Rangers 36 13 9 14 51 56 −5 35 1986–87 UEFA Cup First round
6 Dundee 36 14 7 15 45 51 −6 35
7 St Mirren 36 13 5 18 42 63 −21 31
8 Hibernian 36 11 6 19 49 63 −14 28
9 Motherwell 36 7 6 23 33 66 −33 20
10 Clydebank 36 6 8 22 29 77 −48 20

Source: Statto
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Matches 1–18[edit]

During matches 1–18 each team plays every other team twice (home and away).

Home \ Away[1] ABE CEL CLYD DND DUN HIB HOM MOT RAN STM
Aberdeen 4–1 3–1 1–4 3–2 3–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–1
Celtic 2–1 2–0 2–1 0–3 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–0
Clydebank 2–1 0–2 4–0 1–2 2–4 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1
Dundee 1–3 0–2 2–0 0–3 1–0 1–1 3–1 3–2 2–1
Dundee United 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–0 1–1 5–0
Hibernian 1–1 0–5 5–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–3 2–3
Heart of Midlothian 1–0 1–1 4–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 3–0 3–0 3–0
Motherwell 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–3 0–1 2–0 2–1 0–3 3–1
Rangers 0–3 3–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–2 3–1 1–0 3–0
St Mirren 1–0 1–2 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–3 6–2 4–1 2–1

Source: Statto
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Matches 19–36[edit]

During matches 19–36 each team plays every other team twice (home and away).

Home \ Away[1] ABE CEL CLYD DND DUN HIB HOM MOT RAN STM
Aberdeen 0–1 4–1 0–0 0–1 4–0 0–1 3–2 1–1 3–1
Celtic 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–2 2–0 1–1
Clydebank 0–6 0–5 0–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–2
Dundee 0–0 1–3 4–0 0–1 3–1 2–0 4–0 2–1 3–1
Dundee United 2–1 4–2 4–0 0–0 4–0 0–3 4–0 1–1 1–2
Hibernian 0–1 2–2 2–3 1–0 1–2 1–2 4–0 1–1 3–0
Heart of Midlothian 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 3–0
Motherwell 0–1 0–2 3–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 1–0 1–2
Rangers 1–1 4–4 4–2 5–0 1–1 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–0
St Mirren 1–1 0–5 3–0 1–2 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 2–1

Source: Statto
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Celtic keep bargain with a little help from Dundee". Glasgow Herald (Page 10). 5 May 1986. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dens memories reduce former Hearts manager to tears - Scotsman.com Sport". Archived from the original on 2009-05-08. Retrieved 2009-04-05.