1999–2000 Scottish Premier League

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Scottish Premier League
Season 1999–2000
Champions Rangers
Relegated No relegation
Champions League Rangers
UEFA Cup Celtic
Hearts
Intertoto Cup None
Goals scored 528
Average goals/game 2.93
Top goalscorer Mark Viduka (25)
Biggest home win Celtic 7–0 Aberdeen (16 October)
Biggest away win Dundee 1–7 Rangers (27 February)
Aberdeen 0–6 Celtic (11 December)
Highest attendance 60,253, Celtic 3–0 St. Johnstone (7 August)
Lowest attendance 4,039, Dundee 0–0 Kilmarnock (26 January)
Average attendance 17,944

The 1999–2000 Scottish Premier League was the second season of the Scottish Premier League. It began in on 31 July 1999.

Rangers, the defending champions, retained their title and became Scottish top flight champions for the 49th time. They also retained the Scottish Cup, while neighbours Celtic (who enduring a disappointing season in the league and suffered a humiliating early exit from the Scottish Cup) won the League Cup which Rangers had won a year earlier.

Overview[edit]

The 1999–2000 Scottish Premier League was won by Rangers for the second successive year, finishing 21 points ahead of nearest rivals Celtic. As the SPL was being expanded to 12 teams, the bottom finishing side were to face the second and third finishing sides from the first division, in a three team play-off. However, due to Falkirk's stadium not meeting SPL requirements, the playoff did not take place with Dunfermline being promoted automatically from second position. As champions, Rangers qualified for the Champions League while Celtic and third-placed Hearts qualified for the UEFA Cup.

Celtic entered the season under new management with former Liverpool player John Barnes taking charge in June 1999.[1] It proved to be a brief and unsuccessful reign, however, after being sacked in February 2000 in the wake of a Scottish Cup defeat to First Division Inverness Caledonian Thistle.[2]

Promotion and relegation from 1998–99[edit]

Promoted from First Division to Premier League

Relegated from Premier League to First Division

Events[edit]

  • April 22: Rangers win the SPL title after Celtic are held to a 1–1 draw at home to Hibernian.[3] It is Rangers' 11th Scottish title in 12 years.

League table[edit]

2000–01 UEFA Cup Qualifying round

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Rangers 36 28 6 2 96 26 +70 90 2000–01 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Celtic 36 21 6 9 90 38 +52 69 2000–01 UEFA Cup Qualifying round
3 Hearts 36 15 9 12 47 40 +7 54 2000–01 UEFA Cup Qualifying round
4 Motherwell 36 14 10 12 49 63 –14 52
5 St. Johnstone 36 10 12 14 36 44 –8 42
6 Hibernian 36 10 11 15 49 61 –12 41
7 Dundee 36 12 5 19 45 64 –19 41
8 Dundee United 36 11 6 19 34 57 –23 39
9 Kilmarnock 36 8 13 15 38 52 –14 37
10 Aberdeen 36 9 6 21 44 83 –39 33 2000–01 UEFA Cup Qualifying round

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 HOM HIB KIL MOT RAN STJ
Aberdeen 0–5 0–2 1–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–5 0–3
Celtic 7–0 6–2 4–1 4–0 4–0 5–1 0–1 1–1 3–0
Dundee 1–3 1–2 0–2 1–0 3–4 0–0 0–1 2–3 1–2
Dundee United 3–1 2–1 2–1 0–2 3–1 0–0 0–2 0–4 1–0
Heart of Midlothian 3–0 1–2 4–0 3–0 0–3 2–2 1–1 0–4 1–1
Hibernian 2–0 0–2 5–2 3–2 1–1 0–3 2–2 0–1 0–1
Kilmarnock 2–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–2
Motherwell 5–6 3–2 0–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 0–4 1–5 1–0
Rangers 3–0 4–2 1–2 4–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 4–1 3–1
St Johnstone 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–4 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1

Source: Soccerbase
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = 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 HOM HIB KIL MOT RAN STJ
Aberdeen 0–6 0–1 3–1 1–2 4–0 5–1 2–1 1–1 2–1
Celtic 5–1 2–2 2–0 2–3 1–1 4–2 4–0 0–1 4–1
Dundee 0–2 0–3 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 4–1 1–7 1–1
Dundee United 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–2 0–2 0–1
Heart of Midlothian 3–0 1–0 2–0 1–2 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0
Hibernian 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–3
Kilmarnock 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–2 0–2 3–2
Motherwell 1–0 1–1 0–3 1–3 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–1
Rangers 5–0 4–0 3–0 3–0 1–0 5–2 1–0 6–2 0–0
St Johnstone 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–2

Source: Soccerbase
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = 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 Mark Viduka was the SPL's top scorer in season 1999-2000.
Player Club Goals
Australia Mark Viduka Celtic 25
Germany Jorg Albertz Rangers 17
England Rod Wallace Rangers 16
Scotland Gary McSwegan Hearts 13
Scotland Willie Falconer Dundee 12
Scotland Mark Burchill Celtic 11
Scotland Kenny Miller Hibernian 11
Scotland John Spencer Motherwell 11
Scotland Billy Dodds Rangers 10
England Nathan Lowndes St. Johnstone 10
Netherlands Michael Mols Rangers 9
England Tommy Johnson Celtic 9

Source: SPL official website

Attendances[edit]

The average attendances for SPL clubs during the 1999/00 season are shown below:

Team Average
Celtic 54,440
Rangers 48,116
Hearts 14,246
Aberdeen 12,813
Hibernian 11,870
Kilmarnock 9,419
Dundee United 8,186
Motherwell 7,297
Dundee 6,938
St. Johnstone 6,117

Source: SPL official website

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Aberdeen Scotland Paul Hegarty May 1999 Denmark Ebbe Skovdahl June 1999
Celtic Slovakia Jozef Vengloš Mutual consent May 1999 England John Barnes 10 June 1999
Celtic England John Barnes Sacked 10 February 2000 Scotland Kenny Dalglish (Caretaker) 10 February 2000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dalglish back at Parkhead". BBC News. 1999-06-10. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  2. ^ "Barnes forced out". BBC News. 2000-02-10. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  3. ^ "Rangers handed Scottish crown". BBC News. 2000-04-24. Retrieved 2008-04-21.