1998–99 Scottish Premier League

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Bank of Scotland Premier League
Season 1998–99
Champions Rangers
Promoted Dundee
Relegated Dunfermline Athletic
Champions League Rangers
UEFA Cup Celtic
St. Johnstone
Kilmarnock
Intertoto Cup None
Goals scored 471 (Red Arrow Down.svg26)
Average goals/game 2.62
Top goalscorer Sweden Henrik Larsson (29)
Biggest home win Celtic 6–1 Dundee (7 November)
Rangers 6–1 Dundee (20 February)
Biggest away win St. Johnstone 0–7 Rangers (8 November)
Highest attendance 60,092, Celtic v St. Johnstone (31 January)
Lowest attendance 3,532, Dunfermline Athletic v Motherwell (23 May)
Average attendance 18,577 (Green Arrow Up Darker.svg541)

The 1998–99 Scottish Premier League season was the inaugural season of Scottish Premier League football. It began on 1 August 1998.

Rangers finished the season as Scottish Premier League champions, gaining them their 48th Scottish top division title. Dunfermline Athletic were relegated in bottom place, being replaced by Scottish Division One champions Hibernian.

Overview[edit]

The 1998–99 Scottish Premier League season ended in success for Rangers who, managed by Dutchman Dick Advocaat, won the title by six points from nearest rivals Celtic.Dunfermline Athletic were relegated after three seasons in the top division. As champions, Rangers qualified for the Champions League while Celtic were joined by St. Johnstone in qualifying for the UEFA Cup. Fourth placed Kilmarnock also gained a UEFA Cup place via the UEFA Fair Play ranking.

The £5.5m transfer of Andrei Kanchelskis to Rangers set a new Scottish transfer record.

The season began on 1 August 1998 with the first SPL goal scored by Aberdeen's Eoin Jess as they defeated newly promoted Dundee 2–0 at Dens Park.[1] Also on the first day of the season, Craig Burley scored the SPL's first hat-trick as defending champions Celtic defeated Dunfermline Athletic 5–0 at Celtic Park.[1]

1998–99 saw the introduction of a three week break during January, which was well received by both players and managers.[1] In its inaugural year, the SPL was broadcast to over 120 countries worldwide,[1] while attendances increased[1] and more money was invested in youth development than ever before.[1] A new Scottish transfer record was also set as Rangers paid Fiorentina £5.5m for former Manchester United and Everton winger Andrei Kanchelskis.[2]

Rangers clinched the SPL title by beating Old Firm-rivals Celtic 3–0 at Celtic Park.[3] Three players were red-carded during the game and referee Hugh Dallas was struck by a coin thrown by a Celtic supporter and required treatment from paramedics on the field.[3]

Promotion and relegation from 1997–98[edit]

Promoted from First Division to Premier League

Relegated from Premier Division to First Division

Events[edit]

League table[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Rangers 36 23 8 5 78 31 +47 77 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Celtic 36 21 8 7 84 35 +49 71 1999–2000 UEFA Cup Qualifying round
3 St. Johnstone 36 15 12 9 39 38 +1 57 1999–2000 UEFA Cup Qualifying round
4 Kilmarnock 36 14 14 8 47 29 +18 56 1999–2000 UEFA Cup Qualifying round
5 Dundee 36 13 7 16 36 56 –20 46
6 Hearts 36 11 9 16 44 50 –6 42
7 Motherwell 36 10 11 15 35 54 –19 41
8 Aberdeen 36 10 7 19 43 71 –28 37
9 Dundee United 36 8 10 18 37 48 –11 34
10 Dunfermline Athletic 36 4 16 16 28 59 –31 28 Relegated to 1999–2000 First Division

Source: SPL official website

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 DND DUN DNF HOM KIL MOT RAN STJ
Aberdeen 3–2 2–2 0–3 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–1
Celtic 2–0 6–1 2–1 5–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 5–1 0–1
Dundee 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–4 0–1
Dundee United 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–2 2–2 0–0 1–1
Dunfermline Athletic 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 0–3 1–1 0–2 1–1
Heart of Midlothian 2–0 2–1 0–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 3–0 2–1 1–1
Kilmarnock 4–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 3–0 0–0 1–3 2–2
Motherwell 2–2 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–2 0–0 1–0 1–0
Rangers 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–1 4–0
St Johnstone 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–0 5–0 0–7

Source: Soccerbase
^ 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 a further two times (home and away).

Home \ Away[1] ABE CEL DND DUN DNF HOM KIL MOT RAN STJ
Aberdeen 1–5 1–2 0–4 3–1 2–5 2–1 1–1 2–4 1–0
Celtic 3–2 5–0 2–1 5–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 0–3 5–0
Dundee 1–2 0–3 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–1
Dundee United 3–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–0 0–3 1–2 0–1
Dunfermline Athletic 1–2 1–2 2–0 2–2 0–0 0–6 1–2 0–3 1–0
Heart of Midlothian 0–2 2–4 1–2 4–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 2–3 0–2
Kilmarnock 4–2 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–5 1–1
Motherwell 1–1 1–7 1–2 2–0 1–1 0–4 1–2 1–5 1–2
Rangers 3–1 2–2 6–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–0
St Johnstone 4–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 3–1

Source: Soccerbase
^ 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.

Top scorers[edit]

Celtic's Henrik Larsson was the SPL's top scorer in the 1998–99 season.
Player Goals Team
Sweden Henrik Larsson 29 Celtic
England Rod Wallace 19 Rangers
Scotland Billy Dodds 16 Dundee United
Scotland Eoin Jess 14 Aberdeen
Scotland Robbie Winters 13 Aberdeen
Scotland Gary McSwegan 11 Hearts
Germany Jörg Albertz Rangers
Scotland Craig Burley 9 Celtic
Scotland Eddie Annand Dundee
France Stéphane Adam Hearts
Scotland Neil McCann 8 Hearts
Scotland Mark Burchill Celtic
Scotland Andy Smith Dunfermline Athletic

Source: SPL official website

Attendances[edit]

The average attendances for SPL clubs during the 1998–99 season are shown below:

Team Average
Celtic 59,233
Rangers 49,094
Hearts 14,232
Aberdeen 12,713
Kilmarnock 11,184
Dundee United 9,187
Motherwell 8,533
Dunfermline Athletic 7,375
Dundee 7,178
St. Johnstone 7,038

Source: SPL official website

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Rangers Scotland Walter Smith Resigned May 1998 Netherlands Dick Advocaat June 1998
Celtic Netherlands Wim Jansen Resigned May 1998 Slovakia Jozef Vengloš June 1998
Dundee United Scotland Tommy McLean Mutual consent 4 September 1998 Scotland Paul Sturrock 5 September 1998
St. Johnstone Scotland Paul Sturrock Resigned 5 September 1998 Scotland Sandy Clark 7 September 1998
Motherwell Finland Harri Kampman Resigned 15 October 1998 Scotland Billy Davies 15 October 1998
Aberdeen Scotland Alex Miller Sacked 8 December 1998 Scotland Paul Hegarty (Caretaker) 8 December 1998
Dunfermline Athletic Scotland Bert Paton Resigned 5 January 1999 Scotland Dick Campbell (Caretaker) 5 January 1999

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Season Review - 1998-1999". ScotPrem.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  2. ^ "Kanchelskis move to Rangers". BBC News. 1998-07-15. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  3. ^ a b c "Rangers make history out of chaos". BBC News. 1999-05-03. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  4. ^ "Scottish sponsorship deal is defended". The Independent. 1999-03-11. Retrieved 2008-04-21.