2010–11 Scottish Premier League

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Scottish Premier League
Season 2010–11
Champions Rangers
7th Premier League title
54th Scottish title overall
Relegated Hamilton Academical
Champions League Rangers
Europa League Celtic
Heart of Midlothian
Dundee United
Matches played 228
Goals scored 584 (2.56 per match)
Top goalscorer Kenny Miller (21)
Biggest home win Celtic 9–0 Aberdeen
(6 November 2010)
Biggest away win Motherwell 0–5 Rangers
(30 April 2011)
Highest scoring Celtic 9–0 Aberdeen
(6 November 2010)
Longest winning run 9 games
Rangers
Longest unbeaten run 14 games
Celtic
Longest winless run 22 games
Hamilton Academical
Longest losing run 7 games
Aberdeen
Highest attendance 58,874
Celtic v Rangers
(24 October 2010)
Lowest attendance 2,019
Hamilton Academical v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
(13 November 2010)
Average attendance 13,677

The 2010–11 Scottish Premier League was the thirteenth season of the Scottish Premier League, the highest division of Scottish football. It commenced on 14 August 2010 and ended on 15 May 2011. The defending champions were Rangers, who retained their championship with a 5–1 win at Kilmarnock on the final day of the season.[1][2]

Teams[edit]

Twelve teams participated in the 2010–11 season, eleven of which competed in the 2009–10 season. Inverness Caledonian Thistle was promoted from the 2009–10 First Division.

Team changes[edit]

Promoted from First Division to Premier League

Relegated from Premier League to First Division

Kits and shirt sponsors[edit]

Team Kit manufacturer Kit sponsor Notes
Aberdeen Nike Team Recruitment New home and away kits
Celtic Nike Tennent's Lager Tennent's replaced Carling as shirt sponsors
New home and away kits
Dundee United Nike Calor Gas Calor Gas replaced Cabrini as shirt sponsors
Hamilton Academical Nike Reid Furniture
Heart of Midlothian Umbro Ūkio bankas New home and away kits
Hibernian Puma McEwan Fraser Puma replaced Le Coq Sportif as kit manufacturer
New home and away kits
Inverness CT Errea Orion Group New home and away kits
Kilmarnock 1869 Verve.net New home and away kits
Motherwell Puma[3] Commsworld Puma replaced Canterbury as kit manufacturer
New home and away kits
Rangers Umbro Tennent's Lager Tennent's replaced Carling as shirt sponsors
New home, away and third kits
St. Johnstone Joma Taylor Wimpey Joma replaced Surridge as kit manufacturer
New home and away kits
St. Mirren Hummel Braehead Shopping Centre New home and away kits

Stadia and attendances[edit]

As of 15:08, 7 April 2012 (UTC)[4]
Team Stadium Capacity Total Highest Lowest Average
Aberdeen Pittodrie Stadium 22,199 173,460 15,307 5,955 9,129
Celtic Celtic Park 60,355 930,395 58,874 40,750 48,968
Dundee United Tannadice Park 14,209 140,391 11,790 4,918 7,389
Hamilton Academical New Douglas Park 6,096 55,056 5,356 2,011 2,898
Heart of Midlothian Tynecastle Stadium 17,420 269,506 17,420 12,009 14,185
Hibernian Easter Road[note 1] 020,250 223,360 17,793 7,238 11,756
Inverness CT Caledonian Stadium 7,500 85,998 7,547 3,241 4,526
Kilmarnock Rugby Park 18,128 122,106 16,173 4,214 6,427
Motherwell Fir Park 13,742 99,838 9,716 3,324 5,255
Rangers Ibrox Stadium 51,082 860,793 50,248 41,514 45,305
St. Johnstone McDiarmid Park 10,673 72,982 6,866 2,253 3,841
St. Mirren St. Mirren Park 8,016 84,545 6,118 2,701 4,450

Events[edit]

Referee strike[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Rangers (C) 38 30 3 5 88 29 +59 93 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
2 Celtic 38 29 5 4 85 22 +63 92 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 1
3 Heart of Midlothian 38 18 9 11 89 45 +44 63 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
4 Dundee United 38 17 10 11 55 50 +5 61 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
5 Kilmarnock 38 13 10 15 53 55 −2 49
6 Motherwell 38 13 7 18 40 60 −20 46
7 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 14 11 13 52 44 +8 53
8 St Johnstone 38 11 11 16 23 43 −20 44
9 Aberdeen 38 11 5 22 39 59 −20 38
10 Hibernian 38 10 7 21 39 61 −22 37
11 St Mirren 38 8 9 21 33 57 −24 33
12 Hamilton Academical (R) 38 5 11 22 24 59 −35 26 Relegation to the 2011–12 Scottish First Division

Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1Celtic entered the play-off round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League as they won the 2011 Scottish Cup Final. Due to this, Heart of Midlothian also moved up to the third qualifying round, whilst fourth-placed team Dundee United received the second qualifying round spot.
(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]

Teams play each other twice, once at home, once away

Home \ Away[1] ABE CEL DUN HAM HOM HIB INV KIL MOT RAN STJ STM
Aberdeen 0–3 1–1 4–0 0–1 4–2 1–2 0–1 1–2 2–3 0–1 2–0
Celtic 9–0 1–1 3–1 3–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–3 2–0 4–0
Dundee United 3–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–4 1–1 2–0 0–4 1–0 1–2
Hamilton Academical 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–4 1–2 1–3 2–2 0–0 1–2 1–2 0–0
Heart of Midlothian 5–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–3 0–2 1–2 1–1 3–0
Hibernian 1–2 0–3 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–3 0–0 2–0
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–3 4–2 1–3 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–2
Kilmarnock 2–0 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–2 2–1 1–2 0–1 2–3 1–1 2–1
Motherwell 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 2–3 0–0 0–1 1–4 4–0 3–1
Rangers 2–0 0–2 4–0 4–0 1–0 0–3 1–1 2–1 4–1 2–1 2–1
St Johnstone 0–1 0–3 0–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–0 0–3 0–2 0–2 2–1
St Mirren 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–2

Updated to games played on 20:40, 19 April 2011 (UTC).
Source: BBC Sport
^ 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]

Teams play every other team once (either at home or away)

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

Updated to games played on 19:56, 4 May 2011 (UTC).
Source: BBC Sport
^ 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]

After 33 matches, the league split into two sections of six teams each, with teams playing every other team in their section once (either at home or away). The exact matches were determined upon the league table at the time of the split.