2007–08 Scottish Premier League

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Scottish Premier League
Season 2007–08
Champions Celtic
Relegated No relegation[1]
Champions League Celtic
Rangers
UEFA Cup Motherwell
Intertoto Cup Hibernian
Top goalscorer Scott McDonald (25)
Biggest home win Rangers 7–2 Falkirk (18 August)
Inverness CT 6–1 Gretna (3 May)
Celtic 5–0 Hearts (25 August)
Celtic 5–0 Inverness CT (15 September)
Biggest away win Aberdeen 1–5 Celtic (10 February)
St. Mirren 1–5 Celtic (2 September)
St. Mirren 1–5 Falkirk (1 December)
Gretna 0–4 Falkirk (4 August)
Gretna 0–4 Inverness CT (27 October)
Hearts 0–4 Rangers (27 February)
Highest attendance 60,000, Celtic 0–0 Kilmarnock (5 August)
Lowest attendance 431, Gretna 1–2 Inverness CT (5 April)

The 2007–08 Scottish Premier League season was the tenth season of the Scottish Premier League. It began on 4 August 2007 and was originally due to end on 18 May 2008. Due to the death of Phil O'Donnell and extremely poor weather causing the postponement of fixtures during the winter, as well as a backlog of Rangers fixtures and their progression to the UEFA Cup Final, the SPL decided to move the final round of fixtures forward four days to 22 May 2008.[2] It was the first season under the sponsorship of the Clydesdale Bank.

Gretna were promoted from the First Division the previous season and played in the SPL for the first time, replacing Dunfermline Athletic. Gretna did not play at their home stadium Raydale Park as it did not meet the SPL stadia criteria of 6,000 and instead used Motherwell's Fir Park for all but one of their games; that match was at Livingston's Almondvale Stadium.

Champions Celtic qualified directly for the Champions League, while second-placed Rangers qualified for the Second qualifying round. Third-placed Motherwell qualified for the UEFA Cup and Hibernian qualified for the Intertoto Cup. First Division side Queen of the South also qualified for the UEFA Cup after reaching the Scottish Cup Final. Gretna were relegated after just one season in the SPL and were replaced by First Division champions Hamilton Academical for the following season.

The championship was determined on the final day of the season. Leaders Celtic travelled to Tannadice to play Dundee United knowing that a win would secure the title. They achieved this with a 1–0 victory following Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink's second-half header. Rangers needed to win or draw their final match of the season against Aberdeen at Pittodrie and hope that Celtic at least drew or lost respectively. But Aberdeen F.C. won the game 2-0 thanks to goals from Lee Miller and Darren Mackie.

Promotion and Relegation from 2006–07[edit]

Promoted from First Division to Premier League

Relegated from Premier League to First Division

Notable events[edit]

  • 29 May: Gretna were demoted to the Third Division after administrator David Elliot could not guarantee the Football League that the club would fulfil its fixtures next season.[7]
  • 2 June: Gretna resigned from the Scottish Football League because the administrator concluded that the club could not continue to run as a business.[8]

Clydesdale Bank Premier League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Celtic (C) 38 28 5 5 84 26 +58 89 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Rangers 38 27 5 6 84 33 +51 86 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3 Motherwell 38 18 6 14 50 46 +4 60 2008–09 UEFA Cup First round
4 Aberdeen 38 15 8 15 50 58 −8 53
5 Dundee United 38 14 10 14 53 47 +6 52
6 Hibernian 38 14 10 14 49 45 +4 52 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
7 Falkirk 38 13 10 15 45 49 −4 49
8 Heart of Midlothian 38 13 9 16 47 55 −8 48
9 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 13 4 21 51 62 −11 43
10 St Mirren 38 10 11 17 26 54 −28 41
11 Kilmarnock 38 10 10 18 39 52 −13 40
12 Gretna 38 5 8 25 32 83 −51 13 Resigned from the Scottish Football League

Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification:
Gretna: 10 points were deducted from Gretna for going into administration.[9] They subsequently resigned from the Scottish Football League because the administrator concluded that the club could not continue to run as a business.[8]
Intertoto Cup: The highest-placed team who applied for the Intertoto Cup and not in an automatic UEFA Cup spot was awarded a place in that competition, Falkirk and Hibernian were the applicants.
(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.

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 FAL GRT HOM HIB INV KIL MOT RAN STM
Aberdeen 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 4–0
Celtic 3–0 3–0 4–0 3–0 5–0 1–1 5–0 0–0 3–0 2–1 1–1
Dundee United 1–0 0–2 2–0 1–2 4–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–0
Falkirk 0–0 1–4 3–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–3 0–1
Gretna 1–1 1–2 3–2 0–4 1–1 0–1 0–4 1–2 1–2 1–2 0–0
Heart of Midlothian 4–1 1–1 1–3 4–2 1–1 0–1 2–3 1–1 1–2 4–2 0–1
Hibernian 3–3 3–2 2–2 1–1 4–2 1–1 1–0 4–1 1–0 1–2 0–1
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1–2 3–2 0–3 4–2 3–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 0–3 0–3 1–0
Kilmarnock 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 3–3 3–1 2–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 0–0
Motherwell 3–0 1–4 5–3 0–3 3–0 0–2 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–1
Rangers 3–0 3–0 2–0 7–2 4–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0
St Mirren 0–1 1–5 0–3 1–5 1–0 1–3 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–3

Source: BBC Sport
^ 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 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 FAL GRT HOM HIB INV KIL MOT RAN STM
Aberdeen 1–5 2–1 3–0 0–1 1–1 1–1
Celtic 0–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 0–1
Dundee United 3–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 3–3 1–1
Falkirk 0–1 0–2 0–0 0–0 4–0
Gretna 0–3 0–3 2–0 1–2 4–2 1–3
Heart of Midlothian 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–4
Hibernian 3–1 0–2 4–2 2–0 2–0 2–0
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3–4 1–1 0–1 0–3 0–1
Kilmarnock 3–1 1–2 0–0 4–1 0–2 1–0
Motherwell 0–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–1
Rangers 3–1 1–0 2–0 4–2 2–1 4–0
St Mirren 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1

Source: BBC Sport
^ 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 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]

Celtic's Scott McDonald was the top goalscorer during season 2007–08.
Player Goals Club
Australia McDonald, ScottScott McDonald 25 Celtic
Netherlands Vennegoor of Hesselink, JanJan Vennegoor of Hesselink 15 Celtic
Scotland Boyd, KrisKris Boyd 14 Rangers
England Porter, ChrisChris Porter Motherwell
Scotland Fletcher, StevenSteven Fletcher 13 Hibernian
Republic of Ireland Hunt, NoelNoel Hunt Dundee United
Scotland Robson, BarryBarry Robson Dundee United/Celtic
Scotland Clarkson, DavidDavid Clarkson 12 Motherwell
France Darcheville, Jean-ClaudeJean-Claude Darcheville Rangers
Scotland Miller, LeeLee Miller Aberdeen
Scotland Nish, ColinColin Nish 11 Kilmarnock/Hibernian
Gabon Cousin, DanielDaniel Cousin 10 Rangers
Spain Novo, NachoNacho Novo Rangers
Scotland Cowie, DonDon Cowie 9 Inverness CT
England Higdon, MichaelMichael Higdon 8 Falkirk

Hat-tricks[edit]

Scorer For Against Date
Australia Scott McDonald Celtic Dundee United 29 September 2007
England Clayton Donaldson Hibernian Kilmarnock 29 September 2007
Australia Scott McDonald Celtic Motherwell 27 October 2007
Republic of Ireland Aiden McGeady Celtic Falkirk 11 December 2007
Scotland Barry Robson Dundee United Heart of Midlothian 2 January 2008
Scotland Steven Fletcher Hibernian Gretna 13 February 2008

Kits and shirt sponsors[edit]

Team Kitmaker Shirt sponsor Notes
Aberdeen Nike Apex Tubulars New home and third kits
Celtic Nike Carling New home kit and new away kit to celebrate 40 years since being the first British team to win the European Cup.
Dundee United hummel Anglian Windows New home and away kit
Falkirk Lotto Central Demolition Lotto take over from previous manufacturer, TFG. Home kit is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the club's Scottish Cup victory in 1957.
Gretna Crest Teamwear Subway Subway take over as new sponsor
Heart of Midlothian Umbro Ukio Bankas Umbro take over from previous manufacturer, Hummel
Hibernian Le Coq Sportif Whyte and Mackay New away kit and new home kit
Inverness CT Erreà Flybe Flybe take over as new sponsor
Kilmarnock Lotto www.smallworldmedia.com Lotto take over from previous manufacturer, TFG.
Motherwell Bukta Anglian Home Improvements Bukta take over from previous manufacturer, Xara
Rangers Umbro Carling New home, away and third kits
St. Mirren hummel Braehead Shopping Centre Hummel take over from previous manufacturer, Xara

For the first time in the SPL, certain teams also carried secondary sponsors on the back of their jerseys, above the players' names.

Attendances[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity Lowest Highest Average
Celtic Celtic Park 60,355 45,000 60,000 56,676
Rangers Ibrox Stadium 51,082 47,419 50,440 49,143
Heart of Midlothian Tynecastle Stadium 17,420 10,512 17,131 15,930
Hibernian Easter Road 17,500 7,650 17,015 13,840
Aberdeen Pittodrie 22,199 8,240 17,798 11,993
Dundee United Tannadice Park 14,209 5,845 13,613 8,530
Motherwell1 Fir Park 13,742 4,259 10,445 6,598
Kilmarnock Rugby Park 18,128 4,086 11,544 6,181
Falkirk Falkirk Stadium 6,935 4,490 6,803 5,567
Inverness CT Caledonian Stadium 7,500 3,420 7,753 4,752
St. Mirren Love Street 10,800 3,163 7,840 4,547
Gretna1 Fir Park 13,742 431 6,137 2,283

Source: SPL official website

1 Gretna were sharing Motherwell's stadium whilst Raydale Park was being upgraded. However, in March the Fir Park pitch was considered unplayable so the game between Gretna and Celtic was played instead at Almondvale, the home of First Division club Livingston.[10]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Motherwell Scotland Maurice Malpas Sacked 18 June 2007 Scotland Mark McGhee 1 June 2007
Gretna Scotland Andy Smith Health 4 August 2007 Scotland Davie Irons 18 July 2007
Heart of Midlothian Lithuania Valdas Ivanauskas Mutual consent Scotland Stephen Frail & Ukraine Anatoly Korobochka 30 July 2007
Inverness CT Scotland Charlie Christie Resigned August 2007 Scotland Craig Brewster 27 August 2007
Hibernian Scotland John Collins Resigned 20 December 2007 Finland Mixu Paatelainen 10 January 2008
Gretna Scotland Davie Irons Resigned 19 February 2008 England Mick Wadsworth 19 February
Heart of Midlothian Scotland Stephen Frail[11] Mutual Consent 27 May 2008 Hungary Csaba László 11 July[12]

Awards[edit]

Clydesdale Bank Premier League Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager Player Young player Rising star
August Scotland Walter Smith (Rangers) Spain Carlos Cuéllar (Rangers) Scotland Steven Fletcher (Hibernian) Scotland Mark Staunton (Falkirk)
September Scotland John Collins (Hibernian) Australia Scott McDonald (Celtic) England Andrew Driver (Heart of Midlothian) Scotland Scott Anson (Kilmarnock)
October Scotland Craig Levein (Dundee United) Scotland Lee Wilkie (Dundee United) Scotland Ross McCormack (Motherwell) Scotland Jack Wilson (Hibernian)
November Scotland Mark McGhee (Motherwell) Republic of Ireland Aiden McGeady (Celtic) Scotland Ross McCormack (Motherwell) Scotland Liam Cusack (Gretna)
December Scotland Craig Brewster (Inverness CT) Romania Marius Niculae (Inverness CT) Scotland Scott Arfield (Falkirk)
January Scotland Walter Smith (Rangers) Scotland Barry Robson (Dundee United) England Danny Grainger (Dundee United)
February Finland Mixu Paatelainen (Hibernian) Republic of Ireland Aiden McGeady (Celtic) Scotland Steven Fletcher (Hibernian) Scotland Ryan Strachan (Aberdeen)
March Scotland Walter Smith (Rangers) Scotland Darren Barr (Falkirk) Scotland Garry Kenneth (Dundee United) Scotland Ryan Crighton (St. Mirren)
April Scotland Gordon Strachan (Celtic) Scotland Barry Robson (Celtic) Scotland Gary Glen (Heart of Midlothian)

Clydesdale Bank Premier League Awards[13][edit]

Award Recipient
Player of the Season Spain Carlos Cuéllar (Rangers)
Manager of the Season Scotland Walter Smith (Rangers)
Young Player of the Season Republic of Ireland Aiden McGeady (Celtic)
Goal of the Season Republic of Ireland Willo Flood (Dundee United v St. Mirren)
Under-19 League Player of the Season Scotland Scott Anson (Kilmarnock)
Best Club Media Relations Kilmarnock
Best Fan Initiative Heart of Midlothian
Best Matchday Hospitality Package Rangers
Best Community Initiative Falkirk
Best Away Ground Tynecastle (Heart of Midlothian)

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Setanta Sports provided domestic TV live coverage and highlights as in previous seasons, with STV and BBC Scotland also broadcasting free-to-air highlights. BBC Radio Scotland continued to provide domestic radio coverage, with many games also available internationally, and all domestically, through their website. The BBC held rights to show highlights online and do so through the BBC Sport website. Internationally, the Premier League's overseas television broadcasting partner was TWI, with coverage of the SPL available in over 100 territories worldwide.[1]

Transfer deals[edit]

See: List of Scottish football transfers 2007–08

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crisis-hit Gretna facing uncertain future". London: The Times. 13 March 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2008. 
  2. ^ SPL prepares for season extension
  3. ^ Motherwell captain O'Donnell dies BBC Sport. Retrieved on 29 December 2007
  4. ^ "St. Mirren 2-0 Gretna". BBC Sport. 29 March 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Hamilton Accies 2-0 Clyde". BBC Sport. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2008. 
  6. ^ "Dundee United 0-1 Celtic". BBC Sport. 22 May 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "Gretna demoted to Division Three". BBC Sport. 29 May 2008. Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "Gretna resign from Scottish Football League". London: The Times. 2 June 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2008. 
  9. ^ "Crisis-hit Gretna facing uncertain future". London: The Times. 13 March 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2008. 
  10. ^ BBC Sport (1 April 2008). "Gretna return 'home' to Fir Park". BBC News. Retrieved 1 April 2008. 
  11. ^ "Hearts confirm Frail's departure". BBC Sport. 9 July 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2008. 
  12. ^ "Hearts appoint Laszlo as manager". BBC Sport. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2008. 
  13. ^ "Clydesdale Bank Premier League Awards Season 2007/08"