2006–07 Scottish Premier League

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Scottish Premier League
Season 2006–07
Champions Celtic
Relegated Dunfermline
Champions League Celtic
Rangers
UEFA Cup Aberdeen
Dunfermline
Intertoto Cup None
Top goalscorer Kris Boyd (20)
Biggest home win Motherwell 5–0 Kilmarnock (30 September)
Biggest away win Motherwell 1–6 Hibernian (18 November)

The 2006–07 Scottish Premier League season was the ninth season of the Scottish Premier League. It began on July 29, 2006.

The league champions, Celtic and runners-up, Rangers, qualified for the UEFA Champions League on the return of Walter Smith as manager following a brief and disastrous reign by Frenchman Paul Le Guen. The team finishing third, Aberdeen qualified for the UEFA Cup, as did the Scottish Cup finalists Dunfermline Athletic. However, being the bottom-placed team in the SPL, Dunfermline were also relegated to the First Division.

Promotion and relegation from 2005–06[edit]

Promoted from First Division to Premier League

Relegated from Premier League to First Division

Events[edit]

  • On May 20, 2007 Aberdeen beat Rangers 2–0 at home in their final game of the season to qualify for the UEFA Cup.
  • For the second consecutive season, the top scorer was Kris Boyd of Rangers, with 20 goals.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Celtic (C) 38 26 6 6 65 34 +31 84 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
2 Rangers 38 21 9 8 61 32 +29 72 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3 Aberdeen 38 19 8 11 56 37 +19 65 2007–08 UEFA Cup First round
4 Heart of Midlothian 38 17 10 11 47 35 +12 61
5 Kilmarnock 38 16 7 15 47 54 −7 55
6 Hibernian 38 13 10 15 56 46 +10 49
7 Falkirk 38 15 5 18 49 47 +2 50
8 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 11 13 14 42 48 −6 46
9 Dundee United 38 10 12 16 40 59 −19 42
10 Motherwell 38 10 8 20 44 57 −13 38
11 St Mirren 38 8 12 18 31 51 −20 36
12 Dunfermline Athletic (R) 38 8 8 22 26 55 −29 32 Relegation to First Division

Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored

  • Dunfermline gained UEFA Cup place as fellow Scottish Cup finalists Celtic had already qualified for Europe via Champions League
  • No Scottish side competed in the Intertoto Cup in the 2007–08 season after Inverness CT withdrew their application
  • After 33 games (at which point each team had played each other three times) the table split into a top six and bottom six, and teams played one further game against each side in their half. Teams stayed in their half of the league regardless of their points total.
    (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.
2006–07 Scottish Premier League
Winners
Celtic
41st Title

Results[edit]

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 MOT RAN STM
Aberdeen 0–1 3–1 1–0 2–1 1–3 2–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–2 2–0
Celtic 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 3–0 4–1 2–1 2–0 2–0
Dundee United 3–1 1–4 0–0 1–2 0–1 0–3 3–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0
Dunfermline Athletic 0–3 1–2 2–1 0–3 1–2 0–4 0–0 3–2 0–2 1–1 2–1
Falkirk 0–2 0–1 5–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–1
Heart of Midlothian 0–1 2–1 4–0 1–1 0–0 3–1 4–1 0–2 4–1 0–1 0–1
Hibernian 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–1 5–1
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–2 0–0 0–0 3–4 0–1 2–1 1–2
Kilmarnock 1–0 1–2 0–0 5–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–1
Motherwell 0–2 1–1 2–3 2–1 4–2 0–1 1–6 1–4 5–0 1–2 0–0
Rangers 1–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 4–0 2–0 3–0 0–1 3–0 1–1 1–1
St Mirren 1–1 1–3 1–3 0–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–3

Source:[citation needed]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = 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 MOT RAN STM
Aberdeen 1–2 2–4 3–0 1–0 1–1
Celtic 2–1 2–1 4–0 2–0 0–1 3–1
Dundee United 0–3 0–0 1–5 0–0 1–1
Dunfermline Athletic 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–0
Falkirk 1–2 0–1 1–0 0–2 1–2 2–1
Heart of Midlothian 1–4 0–4 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1
Hibernian 0–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 0–2
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1–2 1–0 1–3 1–1 3–0 2–1
Kilmarnock 1–2 1–0 0–2 3–2 1–3
Motherwell 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–1
Rangers 3–0 5–0 2–1 0–0 1–1
St Mirren 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–2 0–0 0–1

Source:[citation needed]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = 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.

Goals[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Scorer Team Appearances Goals Average
Scotland Kris Boyd Rangers 32 20 0.63
Australia Scott McDonald Motherwell 32 15 0.47
Scotland Steven Naismith Kilmarnock 37 15 0.41
Republic of Ireland Anthony Stokes Falkirk 16 14 0.86
New Zealand Chris Killen Hibernian 18 13 0.72
Scotland Darren Mackie Aberdeen 36 13 0.36
Netherlands Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink Celtic 21 13 0.62
Scotland Colin Nish Kilmarnock 33 12 0.36
Scotland Charlie Adam Rangers 32 11 0.34
Scotland Barry Robson Dundee United 29 11 0.38
England John Sutton St. Mirren 33 11 0.33
Scotland Craig Dargo Inverness CT 27 10 0.37
Republic of Ireland Noel Hunt Dundee United 28 10 0.36
England Steve Lovell Aberdeen 27 9 0.33
Japan Shunsuke Nakamura Celtic 37 9 0.24
Lithuania Andrius Velicka Heart of Midlothian 27 8 0.30

Hat-tricks[edit]

Scorer For Against Date
Japan Nakamura, ShunsukeShunsuke Nakamura Celtic Dundee United 14 October 2006
Republic of Ireland Stokes, AnthonyAnthony Stokes Falkirk Dundee United 28 October 2006
Republic of Ireland Stokes, AnthonyAnthony Stokes Falkirk Dunfermline Athletic 4 November 2006
Denmark Gravesen, ThomasThomas Gravesen Celtic St. Mirren 12 November 2006
Republic of Ireland Stokes, AnthonyAnthony Stokes Falkirk Inverness CT 30 December 2006
Netherlands Vennegoor of Hesselink, JanJan Vennegoor of Hesselink Celtic St. Mirren 20 January 2007
Scotland Boyd, KrisKris Boyd Rangers Kilmarnock 11 February 2007
Scotland Boyd, KrisKris Boyd Rangers Aberdeen 17 March 2007
Scotland Robson, BarryBarry Robson Dundee United Heart of Midlothian 17 March 2007

Attendances[edit]

Overall 3.7 million spectators attended an average per match of just over 8,090. The average and highest attendances for SPL clubs during the 2006/07 season are shown below:

Club Average Highest
Celtic 57,928 59,659
Rangers 49,955 50,488
Hearts 16,937 17,369
Hibernian 14,587 16,747
Aberdeen 12,475 20,045
Dundee United 7,147 12,329
Kilmarnock 6,807 13,506
Dunfermline Athletic 6,106 8,561
Motherwell 5,877 11,745
St. Mirren 5,609 10,251
Falkirk 5,387 7,245
Inverness CT 4,879 7,522

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager Player Young Player
August Scotland Jim Jefferies (Kilmarnock) Trinidad and Tobago Russell Latapy (Falkirk) Republic of Ireland Aiden McGeady (Celtic)
September Scotland Gordon Strachan (Celtic) Scotland Allan McGregor (Rangers) Republic of Ireland Aiden McGeady (Celtic)
October Scotland Charlie Christie (Inverness CT) England Lee Naylor (Celtic) Republic of Ireland Anthony Stokes (Falkirk)
November Scotland Craig Levein (Dundee United) Scotland Russell Anderson (Aberdeen) Republic of Ireland Anthony Stokes (Falkirk)
December Scotland John Hughes (Falkirk) Poland Artur Boruc (Celtic) Scotland Darren Barr (Falkirk)
January Scotland Gordon Strachan (Celtic) Netherlands Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (Celtic) Scotland Christophe Berra (Hearts)
February Scotland Maurice Malpas (Motherwell) Japan Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic) Scotland Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian)
March Scotland Craig Levein (Dundee United) Scotland Alan Hutton (Rangers) Scotland Steven Naismith (Kilmarnock)
April Republic of Ireland Stephen Kenny (Dunfermline Athletic) Northern Ireland Neil Lennon (Celtic) Scotland Mark Reynolds (Motherwell)

See also[edit]