2009–10 Scottish Premier League

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Scottish Premier League
Season 2009–10
Champions Rangers
Relegated Falkirk
Champions League Rangers
Celtic
Europa League Dundee United
Hibernian
Motherwell
Matches played 228
Goals scored 586 (2.57 per match)
Top goalscorer Kris Boyd (23)
Biggest home win Rangers 7–1 Dundee United
Biggest away win Nine wins by three clear goals[1]
Highest scoring Motherwell 6–6 Hibernian (12)
Highest attendance Celtic v St. Johnstone: 58,500
Celtic v Dundee United: 58,500
Lowest attendance Hamilton Academical v Heart of Midlothian: 2,003
Average attendance Rangers: 47,564

The 2009–10 Scottish Premier League season was the twelfth season of the Scottish Premier League. Rangers were the defending champions and they retained the championship with three games to spare by winning 1–0 against Hibernian at Easter Road on 25 April.[2] The competition began on 15 August 2009 and ended on 9 May 2010.

Promotion and relegation from 2008–09[edit]

Promoted from First Division to Premier League

Relegated from Premier League to First Division

Events[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Rangers (C) 38 26 9 3 82 28 +54 87 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Celtic 38 25 6 7 75 39 +36 81 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Dundee United 38 17 12 9 55 47 +8 63 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 1
4 Hibernian 38 15 9 14 58 55 +3 54 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
5 Motherwell 38 13 14 11 52 54 −2 53 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
6 Heart of Midlothian 38 13 9 16 35 46 −11 48
7 Hamilton Academical 38 13 10 15 39 46 −7 49
8 St Johnstone 38 12 11 15 57 61 −4 47
9 Aberdeen 38 10 11 17 36 52 −16 41
10 St Mirren 38 7 13 18 36 49 −13 34
11 Kilmarnock 38 8 9 21 29 51 −22 33
12 Falkirk (R) 38 6 13 19 31 57 −26 31 Relegation to First Division

Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1by winning the Scottish Cup.
(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 their first 22 matches, each team played every other team home and away.

Home ╲ Away[1] ABE CEL DUN FAL HAM HOM HIB KIL MOT RAN STJ STM
Aberdeen 1–3 0–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–0
Celtic 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 3–0 0–0 1–1 5–2 3–1
Dundee United 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–3 3–3 3–2
Falkirk 0–0 3–3 1–4 2–0 0–1 1–3 0–0 0–0 1–3 1–2 1–3
Hamilton Academical 0–3 1–2 0–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 0–1 0–2 1–0
Heart of Midlothian 0–3 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–0
Hibernian 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 5–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–4 3–0 2–1
Kilmarnock 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–2 3–0 1–2 1–1 0–3 0–0 2–1 1–2
Motherwell 1–1 2–3 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–3 3–1 0–0 1–3 2–0
Rangers 0–0 2–1 7–1 4–1 4–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 6–1 3–0 2–1
St Johnstone 1–0 1–4 2–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 5–1 0–1 2–2 1–2 1–0
St Mirren 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–3 0–2 1–1

Source: BBC Sport
^ 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 FAL HAM HOM HIB KIL MOT RAN STJ STM
Aberdeen 4–4 2–2 0–1 0–3 1–3 2–1
Celtic 1–0 2–0 3–1 2–1 3–0
Dundee United 3–0 0–2 1–0 3–0 0–0
Falkirk 3–1 0–2 1–3 0–1 2–1
Hamilton Academical 1–1 0–1 2–2 4–1 0–0 1–0
Heart of Midlothian 3–2 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–4
Hibernian 2–2 0–1 2–4 1–0 1–1 2–1
Kilmarnock 2–0 4–4 1–2 0–2 3–2 1–1
Motherwell 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–1
Rangers 3–1 1–0 3–0 1–0 3–0 3–1
St Johnstone 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 4–1
St Mirren 4–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–1

Source: BBC Sport
^ 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]

After 33 matches, the table splits into two groups of six. Each team plays every team in their own half once (either at home or away)