2011–12 Scottish Premier League

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Scottish Premier League
Season 2011–12
Champions Celtic
7th Premier League title
43rd Scottish title overall
Relegated Dunfermline Athletic
Champions League Celtic
Motherwell
Europa League Hearts
Dundee United
St. Johnstone
Matches played 228
Goals scored 601 (2.64 per match)
Top goalscorer Gary Hooper (24)
Biggest home win

Celtic 5–0 St. Mirren
(26 November 2011)
Rangers 5–0 Dundee United
(2 May 2012)
Celtic 5–0 Hearts
(13 May 2012)

Biggest away win Kilmarnock 0–6 Celtic
(7 April 2012)
Highest scoring Kilmarnock 3–6 Inverness CT
(5 November 2011)
Longest winning run 17 games[1]
Celtic
Longest unbeaten run 21 games[1]
Celtic
Longest winless run 11 games[1]
St. Mirren
Longest losing run 5 games[1]
Dunfermline Athletic
Highest attendance 58,875[2]
Celtic v Hearts
(13 May 2012)
Lowest attendance 1,607[2]
St. Johnstone v Aberdeen
(13 December 2011)
Average attendance

13,861[3]

As of 13 May 2012

The 2011–12 Scottish Premier League was the fourteenth season of the Scottish Premier League, the highest division of Scottish football, since its inception in 1998. The season started on 23 July 2011[4] and ended on 13 May 2012.

A total of twelve teams contested the league: eleven sides that competed in the 2010–11 SPL and one club promoted from the First Division. The new entry was First Division champions Dunfermline Athletic, who replaced relegated Hamilton Academical.

Since Scotland climbed from sixteenth to fifteenth place in the UEFA association coefficient rankings at the end of the 2010–11 season,[5] the league re-gained an additional third qualifying round berth for the UEFA Champions League. However, it lost that berth again the following season. Despite finishing in the second qualifying position for the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League, the eventual dissolution of Rangers allowed Motherwell to take their place in the competition for the first time in the club's history.

On 7 April, Celtic won the title after a 6–0 away win against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. It was their first title in four years.[6][7][8]

Teams[edit]

The team ending the 2010–11 season at the bottom of the table, Hamilton Academical, were relegated to the 2011–12 Scottish First Division. Hamilton were replaced by Dunfermline Athletic, champions of the First Division.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Aberdeen Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 22,199
Celtic Celtic Park, Glasgow 60,355
Dundee United Tannadice Park, Dundee 14,209
Dunfermline Athletic East End Park, Dunfermline 12,509
Heart of Midlothian Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh 17,420
Hibernian Easter Road, Edinburgh 20,421
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Caledonian Stadium, Inverness 7,918
Kilmarnock Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 18,128
Motherwell Fir Park, Motherwell 13,742
Rangers Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow 51,082
St. Johnstone McDiarmid Park, Perth 10,673
St. Mirren St. Mirren Park, Paisley 8,016

Personnel and kits[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Aberdeen Brown, CraigCraig Brown Anderson, RussellRussell Anderson adidas Team Recruitment
Celtic Lennon, NeilNeil Lennon Brown, ScottScott Brown Nike Tennents
Dundee United Houston, PeterPeter Houston Daly, JonJon Daly Nike Calor
Dunfermline Jefferies, JimJim Jefferies McCann, AustinAustin McCann Puma The Purvis Group
Hearts Sergio, PauloPaulo Sergio Zaliukas, MariusMarius Zaliukas Umbro Wonga.com
Hibernian Fenlon, PatPat Fenlon Murray, IanIan Murray Puma Crabbie's
Inverness CT Butcher, TerryTerry Butcher Foran, RichieRichie Foran Erreà Orion Group
Kilmarnock Shiels, KennyKenny Shiels Pascali, ManuelManuel Pascali Killie 1869 verve.net
Motherwell McCall, StuartStuart McCall Craigan, StephenStephen Craigan Puma Cash Converters
Rangers McCoist, AllyAlly McCoist , Steven DavisSteven Davis Umbro Tennents
St Johnstone Lomas, SteveSteve Lomas Morris, JodyJody Morris Joma GS Brown Construction
St Mirren Lennon, DannyDanny Lennon Goodwin, JimJim Goodwin diadora diadora

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Rangers Smith, WalterWalter Smith End of contract 15 May 2011[9] Pre-season McCoist, AllyAlly McCoist 1 June 2011[10]
Heart of Midlothian Jefferies, JimJim Jefferies Contract terminated 2 August 2011[11] 9th Sergio, PauloPaulo Sergio 3 August 2011[12]
St. Johnstone McInnes, DerekDerek McInnes Signed by Bristol City 19 October 2011[13] 4th Lomas, SteveSteve Lomas 3 November 2011[14]
Hibernian Calderwood, ColinColin Calderwood Contract terminated 6 November 2011[15] 9th Fenlon, PatPat Fenlon 25 November 2011[16]
Dunfermline McIntyre, JimJim McIntyre Contract terminated 16 March 2012[17] 12th Jefferies, JimJim Jefferies 20 March 2012[18]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Celtic (C) 38 30 3 5 84 21 +63 93 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
2 Rangers 38 26 5 7 77 28 +49 73  1
3 Motherwell 38 18 8 12 49 44 +5 62 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Dundee United 38 16 11 11 62 50 +12 59 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
5 Heart of Midlothian 38 15 7 16 45 43 +2 52 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 2
6 St Johnstone 38 14 8 16 43 50 −7 50 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 2
7 Kilmarnock 38 11 14 13 44 61 −17 47
8 St Mirren 38 9 16 13 39 51 −12 43
9 Aberdeen 38 9 14 15 36 44 −8 41
10 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 10 9 19 42 60 −18 39
11 Hibernian 38 8 9 21 40 67 −27 33
12 Dunfermline Athletic (R) 38 5 10 23 40 82 −42 25 Relegation to the 2012–13 Scottish First Division

Updated to games played on 13 May 2012.
Source: BBC website
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1 Rangers were deducted 10 points for entering administration.[19] As Rangers did not exit administration by 31 March, they were ineligible to compete in Europe in the 2012–13 season. Rangers were unable to agree a CVA with their creditors and the holding company entered proceedings to be liquidated. [20] Rangers were then admitted into the 2012–13 Scottish Third Division. [21]
2 Hearts qualified for the Europa League as 2011–12 Scottish Cup winners. Since they finished fifth in the league, the sixth-placed team, St. Johnstone, also qualified for the Europa League.
(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 34–38[edit]

After 33 matches, the league splits 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 are determined upon the league table at the time of the split.

Season statistics[edit]

Clean sheets[edit]

As of 31 May 2012.[2]
Rank Player Team Clean sheets
1 England Fraser Forster Celtic 21
2 Scotland Allan McGregor Rangers 17
3 Republic of Ireland Darren Randolph Motherwell 15
4 Slovakia Dušan Perniš Dundee United 13
Scotland Craig Samson St. Mirren 13
6 Finland Peter Enckelman St. Johnstone 10
7 Scotland Cameron Bell Kilmarnock 9
8 Slovakia Marián Kello Hearts 8
9 Wales Jason Brown Aberdeen 6
Scotland Ryan Esson Inverness CT 6

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

As of 31 May 2012.
Month Manager Player Young Player
July/August Scotland Stuart McCall[24] (Motherwell) Scotland Paul Gallacher[25] (Dunfermline Athletic) Scotland Johnny Russell[26] (Dundee United)
September Scotland Ally McCoist[27] (Rangers) Northern Ireland Steven Davis[27] (Rangers) Scotland James Forrest[28] (Celtic)
October Scotland Stuart McCall[29] (Motherwell) Scotland Keith Lasley[30] (Motherwell) Scotland Kenny McLean[31] (St. Mirren)
November Northern Ireland Neil Lennon[32] (Celtic) England Gary Hooper[32] (Celtic) Scotland James Forrest[28] (Celtic)
December Northern Ireland Neil Lennon[33] (Celtic) Scotland Paul McGowan[34] (St. Mirren) Kenya Victor Wanyama[33] (Celtic)
January Scotland Craig Brown[35] (Aberdeen) Scotland Scott Brown[36] (Celtic) Estonia Henrik Ojamaa[37] (Motherwell)
February Northern Ireland Neil Lennon[38] (Celtic) Scotland Charlie Mulgrew[39] (Celtic) Scotland Gary Mackay-Steven[40] (Dundee United)
March Scotland Peter Houston[41] (Dundee United) Republic of Ireland Jon Daly[42] (Dundee United) Scotland Gary Mackay-Steven[41] (Dundee United)
April Northern Ireland Neil Lennon[43] (Celtic) Scotland Charlie Mulgrew[44] (Celtic) England Shaun Hutchinson[45] (Motherwell)

References[edit]

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