2004–05 Scottish Premier League

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Scottish Premier League
Season 2004–05
Champions Rangers
Champions League Rangers
Celtic
UEFA Cup Hibernian
Dundee United
Intertoto Cup None
Top goalscorer John Hartson (25)
Biggest home win Celtic 6–0 Dunfermline (12 March)
Biggest away win Livingston 0–4 Celtic (13 April)

The 2004–05 Scottish Premier League was won by Rangers.

As league champions, Rangers qualified for the UEFA Champions League, with runners-up Celtic also qualifying. Third-placed Hibernian qualified for the UEFA Cup, as did Dundee United, who took the Scottish Cup place despite losing the final to Celtic.

Dundee were relegated, and Scottish First Division winners Falkirk were promoted.

John Hartson was the top scorer with 25 goals for Celtic, whose manager Martin O'Neill stepped down at the end of the season after five years and a host of major trophies.

Promotion and relegation from 2003–04[edit]

Promoted from First Division to Premier League

Relegated from Premier League to First Division

Table[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Rangers 38 29 6 3 78 22 +56 93 2005–06 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
2 Celtic 38 30 2 6 85 35 +50 92 2005–06 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3 Hibernian 38 18 7 13 64 57 +7 61 2005–06 UEFA Cup First round
4 Aberdeen 38 18 7 13 44 39 +5 61
5 Hearts 38 13 11 14 43 41 +2 50
6 Motherwell 38 13 9 16 46 49 –3 48
7 Kilmarnock 38 15 4 19 49 55 –6 49
8 Inverness CT 38 11 11 16 41 47 –6 44
9 Dundee United 38 8 12 18 41 59 –18 36 2005–06 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round
10 Livingston 38 9 8 21 34 61 –27 35
11 Dunfermline Athletic 38 8 10 20 34 60 –26 34
12 Dundee 38 8 9 21 37 71 –34 33 Relegated to 2005–06 First Division

Source: SPL official website

Top scorers[edit]

Scorer Club Goals
Wales John Hartson Celtic 25
Scotland Derek Riordan Hibernian 20
Spain Nacho Novo Rangers 19
Croatia Dado Pršo Rangers 18
Scotland Kris Boyd Kilmarnock 17
Australia Scott McDonald Motherwell 15
Scotland Garry O'Connor Hibernian 14
England Steve Lovell Dundee 12
England Chris Sutton Celtic 12
Scotland Darren Mackie Aberdeen 12
Bulgaria Stiliyan Petrov Celtic 11
Scotland Paul Hartley Hearts 11

Source: SPL official website

Attendances[edit]

The average attendances for SPL clubs during the 2004–05 season are shown below:

Team Average
Celtic 57,906
Rangers 48,676
Aberdeen 13,576
Hibernian 12,541
Hearts 12,219
Dundee United 8,210
Motherwell 6,960
Dundee 6,879
Dunfermline Athletic 6,192
Kilmarnock 5,930
Livingston 5,157
Inverness CT 4,067

Source: SPL official website

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager Player Young Player
August Scotland Jimmy Calderwood (Aberdeen) England Alan Thompson (Celtic) Scotland Alexander Diamond (Aberdeen)
September England Terry Butcher (Motherwell) Australia Scott McDonald (Motherwell) Scotland Derek Riordan (Hibernian)
October Scotland John Robertson (Inverness CT) Netherlands Fernando Ricksen (Rangers) Scotland Steven Fletcher (Hibernian)
November Scotland Alex McLeish (Rangers) Spain Nacho Novo (Rangers) Scotland Derek Riordan (Hibernian)
December England Tony Mowbray (Hibernian) Republic of Ireland Aiden McGeady (Celtic) Scotland Derek Riordan (Hibernian)
January Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill (Celtic) England Chris Sutton (Celtic) Scotland Derek Riordan (Hibernian)
February Scotland Alex McLeish (Rangers) Croatia Dado Pršo (Rangers) Scotland Lee Miller (Hearts)
March Scotland Craig Brewster (Inverness CT) Wales Craig Bellamy (Celtic) Republic of Ireland Aiden McGeady (Celtic)
April Scotland Gordon Chisholm (Dundee United) South Africa Burton O'Brien (Livingston) Scotland Lee Miller (Hearts)
May England Tony Mowbray (Hibernian) Croatia Dado Pršo (Rangers) Scotland Derek Riordan (Hibernian)