2005–06 Scottish Premier League

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Scottish Premier League
Season 2005–06
Champions Celtic
Relegated Livingston
Champions League Celtic
Hearts
UEFA Cup Rangers
Gretna
Intertoto Cup Hibernian
Top goalscorer Kris Boyd (32)
Biggest home win Hibernian 7–0 Livingston
Biggest away win Dunfermline 1–8 Celtic

The 2005–06 Scottish Premier League was won by Celtic, with a 17-point margin over their nearest challengers Hearts in the first season under the management of Gordon Strachan. Rangers, who finished third, failed to finish a Scottish top flight campaign as champions or runners-up for the first time since 1988.

As league champions, Celtic qualified for the UEFA Champions League, with runners-up Hearts also qualifying. This marked the first time since 1995 that a club outside the Old Firm of Celtic and Rangers finished in the top two. Third-placed Rangers qualified for the UEFA Cup, as did Scottish Second Division champions Gretna, who took the Scottish Cup place despite losing the final to Hearts.

Livingston were relegated, and Scottish First Division winners St. Mirren were promoted.

Kris Boyd was the top scorer with 32 goals (17 for Rangers after 15 for Kilmarnock).

Promotion and relegation from 2004–05[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 Celtic 38 28 7 3 93 37 +56 91 2006–07 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Heart of Midlothian 38 22 8 8 71 31 +40 74 2006–07 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3 Rangers 38 21 10 7 67 37 +30 73 2006–07 UEFA Cup First round
4 Hibernian 38 17 5 16 61 56 +5 56 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
5 Kilmarnock 38 15 10 13 63 64 –1 55
6 Aberdeen 38 13 15 10 46 40 +6 54
7 Inverness CT 38 15 13 10 51 38 +13 58
8 Motherwell 38 13 10 15 55 61 –6 49
9 Dundee United 38 7 12 19 41 66 –25 33
10 Falkirk 38 8 9 21 35 64 –29 33
11 Dunfermline Athletic 38 8 9 21 33 68 –35 33
12 Livingston 38 4 6 28 25 79 –54 18 Relegated to 2006–07 First Division

Source: SPL official website

Matches 1–22[edit]

During matches 1–22 each team played every other team twice (home and away).

Home ╲ Away[1] ABE CEL DUN DNF FAL HOM HIB INV KIL LIV MOT RAN
Aberdeen 1–3 2–0 0–0 3–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 2–2 3–2
Celtic 2–0 2–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 3–2 2–1 4–2 2–1 5–0 3–0
Dundee United 1–1 2–4 2–1 2–1 0–3 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–0
Dunfermline Athletic 0–2 0–4 2–1 0–1 1–4 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–3 3–3
Falkirk 1–2 0–3 1–3 1–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–1
Heart of Midlothian 2–0 2–3 3–0 2–0 5–0 4–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–0
Hibernian 1–2 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–3 2–0 1–2 4–2 3–0 2–1 2–1
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–3 0–1 2–0 2–2 3–0 1–2 0–1
Kilmarnock 4–2 0–1 2–1 3–2 1–1 2–4 2–2 2–2 3–0 4–1 2–3
Livingston 0–0 0–5 1–0 1–1 0–2 1–4 1–2 1–1 0–3 1–2 2–2
Motherwell 3–1 4–4 4–5 1–0 5–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 2–2 1–0 0–1
Rangers 0–0 3–1 3–0 5–1 2–2 1–0 0–3 1–1 3–0 3–0 2–0

Source:[citation needed]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–33[edit]

During matches 23–33 each team played every other team once (either at home or away).

Home ╲ Away[1] ABE CEL DUN DNF FAL HOM HIB INV KIL LIV MOT RAN
Aberdeen 1–0 1–0 2–2 3–0 2–2 2–0
Celtic 3–0 3–3 2–1 1–0 2–1
Dundee United 1–1 1–1 2–4 2–2 3–1 1–4
Dunfermline Athletic 1–0 1–8 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1
Falkirk 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–4 1–2
Heart of Midlothian 1–2 4–0 4–1 3–0 1–1
Hibernian 1–2 3–1 3–1 0–2 2–1 7–0
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0–1 0–0 3–3 0–1 2–3
Kilmarnock 1–4 1–0 2–1 1–0 3–1 2–0
Livingston 0–2 0–1 0–1 2–3 2–1
Motherwell 1–3 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–1
Rangers 0–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 4–1 1–0

Source:[citation needed]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 34–38[edit]

During matches 34–38 each team played every other team in their half of the table once.

Top scorers[edit]

Player Club Goals
Scotland Kris Boyd Kilmarnock / Rangers 32
Wales John Hartson Celtic 18
Scotland Craig Dargo Inverness CT 16
Scotland Derek Riordan Hibernian 16
Czech Republic Rudi Skácel Hearts 16
Poland Maciej Żurawski Celtic 16
Scotland Paul Hartley Hearts 14
Denmark Peter Løvenkrands Rangers 14
Scotland Shaun Maloney Celtic 13
Scotland Steven Naismith Kilmarnock 13
Scotland Mark Burchill Dunfermline Athletic 12
Republic of Ireland Richie Foran Motherwell 11

Source: SPL official website

Attendances[edit]

The average attendances for SPL clubs during the 2005/06 season are shown below:

Team Average
Celtic 58,149
Rangers 49,245
Hearts 16,767
Hibernian 13,816
Aberdeen 12,727
Dundee United 8,197
Kilmarnock 7,070
Dunfermline Athletic 6,260
Motherwell 6,250
Falkirk 5,515
Inverness CT 5,061
Livingston 4,938

Source: SPL official website

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager Player Young Player
August Scotland George Burley (Hearts) Czech Republic Rudolf Skácel (Hearts) Scotland Steven Naismith (Kilmarnock)
September Scotland George Burley (Hearts) Scotland Andy Webster (Hearts) Scotland Kevin Thomson (Hibernian)
October Scotland Gordon Strachan (Celtic) Bulgaria Stilian Petrov (Celtic) Scotland Darryl Duffy (Falkirk)
November England Tony Mowbray (Hibernian) Scotland Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) Republic of Ireland Aiden McGeady (Celtic)
December Scotland Craig Brewster (Inverness CT) Denmark Peter Løvenkrands (Rangers) Scotland Calum Elliot (Hearts)
January Scotland Alex McLeish (Rangers) Scotland Kris Boyd (Rangers) Scotland Steven Naismith (Kilmarnock)
February Scotland Jimmy Calderwood (Aberdeen) Poland Maciej Żurawski (Celtic) Scotland Charlie Mulgrew (Dundee United)
March England Terry Butcher (Motherwell) Scotland Steven Naismith (Kilmarnock) Scotland Brian McLean (Motherwell)
April Scotland Jimmy Calderwood (Aberdeen) Scotland Paul Hartley (Hearts) Scotland Steven Smith (Rangers)