2012–13 Scottish Premier League

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Scottish Premier League
Season 2012–13
Champions Celtic
8th Premier League title
44th Scottish title overall
Relegated Dundee
Champions League Celtic
Europa League Motherwell
St. Johnstone
Hibernian
Matches played 228
Goals scored 623 (2.73 per match)
Top goalscorer Michael Higdon
(26 goals)
Biggest home win Celtic 5–0 Dundee
(24 February 2013)
Biggest away win St. Mirren 0–5 Celtic
(20 October 2012)
Highest scoring St. Mirren 5–4 Ross County
(29 September 2012)
Longest winning run 6 games[1]
Celtic
Longest unbeaten run 11 games[1]
Ross County
Longest winless run 14 games[1]
Dundee
Longest losing run 6 games[1]
Dundee
St. Mirren
Highest attendance 57,000[2]
Celtic 4–0 St. Johnstone
Lowest attendance 2,167[2]
St. Johnstone 3–1 Aberdeen
Average attendance 9,871[1]

The 2012–13 Scottish Premier League was the fifteenth and final season of the Scottish Premier League, the highest division of Scottish football, since its inception in 1998. The season began on 4 August 2012[3] and ended on 19 May 2013.[4]

Twelve teams contested the league. Ross County (champions) and Dundee (runners-up) were promoted from the 2011–12 First Division, replacing Dunfermline (relegated) and Rangers, who were granted entry to the Scottish Third Division after entering liquidation.

On 21 April, Celtic retained their title after a 4–1 home win against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Celtic Park.[5][6][7]

This was the final season of the Scottish Premier League before it was abolished in June 2013, when the SPL and SFL merged to form the new Scottish Professional Football League,[8] with its top division being known as the Scottish Premiership.

Teams[edit]

Dunfermline were relegated from the 2011–12 Scottish Premier League. Ross County, who won the 2011–12 Scottish First Division, were promoted. The 2012–13 season marks the top-flight debut for the Highland team.[9]

The participation of Rangers, who failed to exit administration via a CVA after a proposed agreement with its creditors was rejected, was dependent on the outcome of a vote by SPL clubs on whether or not Rangers would be able to transfer their SPL membership share to a new company.[10] When the fixture list was published on 18 June 2012, Rangers were replaced by the term "Club 12", pending the outcome of the vote.[10][11] Eight clubs publicly declared that they would oppose the membership transfer to Rangers' newco, which would mean that they could not play in the SPL.[12] The vote took place on 4 July 2012, and Rangers were refused re-entry to the SPL by a 10-1 majority.[13] Dundee, who had finished second in the 2011–12 Scottish First Division, were invited to replace Rangers.[13][14]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Aberdeen Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 22,199
Celtic Celtic Park, Glasgow 60,355
Dundee Dens Park, Dundee 12,085
Dundee United Tannadice Park, Dundee 14,209
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
Ross County Victoria Park, Dingwall 6,310
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 McInnes, DerekDerek McInnes Anderson, RussellRussell Anderson Adidas Team Recruitment
Celtic Lennon, NeilNeil Lennon Brown, ScottScott Brown Nike Tennents
Dundee Brown, JohnJohn Brown O'Donnell, StephenStephen O'Donnell Puma Kilmac Energy
Dundee United McNamara, JackieJackie McNamara Daly, JonJon Daly Nike Calor
Heart of Midlothian Locke, GaryGary Locke Žaliūkas, MariusMarius Žaliūkas Adidas Wonga.com
Hibernian Fenlon, PatPat Fenlon McPake, JamesJames McPake Puma Crabbie's
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Butcher, TerryTerry Butcher Foran, RichieRichie Foran Erreà Orion Group
Kilmarnock Shiels, KennyKenny Shiels Pascali, ManuelManuel Pascali Killie 1869 QTS
Motherwell McCall, StuartStuart McCall Lasley, KeithKeith Lasley Puma Cash Converters
Ross County Adams, DerekDerek Adams Brittain, RichardRichard Brittain Diadora Stanley CRC Evans Offshore
St Johnstone Lomas, SteveSteve Lomas Mackay, DaveDave Mackay 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
Heart of Midlothian Sérgio, PauloPaulo Sérgio End of contract[15] 7 June 2012 Pre-season McGlynn, JohnJohn McGlynn[16] 26 June 2012
Dundee United Houston, PeterPeter Houston Mutual consent[17] 28 January 2013 7th McNamara, JackieJackie McNamara[18] 30 January 2013
Dundee Smith, BarryBarry Smith Mutual consent[19] 20 February 2013 12th Brown, JohnJohn Brown[20] 23 February 2013
Heart of Midlothian McGlynn, JohnJohn McGlynn Contract terminated[21] 28 February 2013 11th Locke, GaryGary Locke[21] 28 February 2013
Aberdeen Brown, CraigCraig Brown Retired[22] 14 March 2013 9th McInnes, DerekDerek McInnes[23] 25 March 2013

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Celtic (C) 38 24 7 7 92 35 +57 79 2013–14 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round
2 Motherwell 38 18 9 11 67 51 +16 63 2013–14 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
3 St. Johnstone 38 14 14 10 45 44 +1 56 2013–14 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
4 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 13 15 10 64 60 +4 54
5 Ross County 38 13 14 11 47 48 −1 53
6 Dundee United 38 11 14 13 51 62 −11 47
7 Hibernian2 38 13 12 13 49 52 −3 51 2013–14 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
8 Aberdeen2 38 11 15 12 41 43 −2 48
9 Kilmarnock 38 11 12 15 52 53 −1 45
10 Heart of Midlothian 38 11 11 16 40 49 −9 44
11 St. Mirren 38 9 14 15 47 60 −13 41
12 Dundee (R) 38 7 9 22 28 66 −38 30 Relegation to 2013–14 Scottish First Division

Source: Scottish Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Since the winners of 2012–13 Scottish Cup, Celtic are already qualified to 2013–14 UEFA Champions League, the runners–up Hibernian secured a spot in 2013–14 UEFA Europa League in the second qualifying round.
2 Teams in the bottom half at the time of the split may not overtake a team in the top 6 at the time of the split.
(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.


Season statistics[edit]

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
England Higdon, MichaelMichael Higdon Motherwell Inverness CT 4–1[26] 1 September 2012
Republic of Ireland Sheridan, CillianCillian Sheridan Kilmarnock Heart of Midlothian 3–1[27] 29 September 2012
Northern Ireland McKay, BillyBilly McKay Inverness CT Dundee United 4–4[28] 15 December 2012
Northern Ireland McGinn, NiallNiall McGinn Aberdeen Dundee 3–1[29] 15 December 2012
Scotland Russell, JohnnyJohnny Russell Dundee United Kilmarnock 3–2[30] 19 January 2013
England Higdon, MichaelMichael Higdon Motherwell St. Johnstone 3–2[31] 20 January 2013
Republic of Ireland Heffernan, PaulPaul Heffernan Kilmarnock Heart of Midlothian 3–0[32] 16 February 2013
Northern Ireland McKay, BillyBilly McKay Inverness CT Motherwell 4–3[33] 4 May 2013

Scoring[edit]

  • First goal of the season: Kris Commons for Celtic against Aberdeen (4 August 2012)
  • Fastest goal of the season: 12 seconds, Kris Commons for Celtic against Aberdeen (16 March 2013)[34]
  • Latest goal of the season: 94 minutes, Georgios Samaras for Celtic against Aberdeen (16 March 2013)[35]
  • Largest winning margin: 5 goals
    • St. Mirren 0–5 Celtic (20 October 2012)
    • Celtic 5–0 Dundee (24 February 2013)
  • Highest scoring game: 9 goals
    • St. Mirren 5–4 Ross County (29 September 2012)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a single team: 6 goals
    • Celtic 6–2 Dundee United (16 February 2013)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a losing team: 4 goals
    • St. Mirren 5–4 Ross County (29 September 2012)

Clean sheets[edit]

Discipline[edit]

Results[edit]

Matches 1–22[edit]

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

Home \ Away[1] ABE CEL DND DUN HOM HIB INV KIL MOT ROS STJ STM
Aberdeen 0–2 2–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 2–3 0–2 3–3 0–0 2–0 0–0
Celtic 1–0 2–0 4–0 1–0 2–2 0–1 0–2 1–0 4–0 1–1 2–0
Dundee 1–3 0–2 0–3 1–0 3–1 1–4 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–3 0–2
Dundee United 1–1 2–2 3–0 0–3 3–0 4–4 3–3 1–2 0–0 1–1 3–4
Heart of Midlothian 2–0 0–4 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–3 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–0
Hibernian 0–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–3 0–1 2–0 2–1
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1–1 2–4 4–1 4–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–5 3–1 1–1 2–2
Kilmarnock 1–3 1–3 0–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–2 3–1
Motherwell 4–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–4 4–1 2–2 3–2 1–1 1–1
Ross County 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 3–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0
St Johnstone 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–3 1–1 2–1
St Mirren 1–4 0–5 3–1 0–1 2–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 5–4 1–1

Source: BBC Sport
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–33[edit]

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

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

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 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.

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager Player Young Player
August Scotland Derek Adams (Ross County)[36] Scotland Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian)[37] Scotland Tony Watt (Celtic)[38]
September Northern Ireland Steve Lomas (St. Johnstone)[39] England Michael Higdon (Motherwell)[40] Scotland Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen)[41]
October Scotland Craig Brown (Aberdeen)[42] Northern Ireland Niall McGinn (Aberdeen)[42] Scotland Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen)[42]
November England Terry Butcher (Inverness CT)[43] Northern Ireland Billy McKay (Inverness CT)[43] Republic of Ireland Aaron Doran (Inverness CT)[43]
December Northern Ireland Neil Lennon (Celtic)[44] Scotland Jamie Murphy (Motherwell)[45] Republic of Ireland Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen)[46]
January Scotland Derek Adams (Ross County)[47] England Gary Hooper (Celtic)[48] Wales Adam Matthews (Celtic)[49]
February Scotland Derek Adams (Ross County)[50] Scotland Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian)[51] Scotland Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United)
March Scotland Stuart McCall (Motherwell)[52] England Nicky Law (Motherwell)[53] England Josh Meekings (Inverness CT)[54]
April Scotland John Brown (Dundee)[55] England Michael Higdon (Motherwell)[56] Estonia Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell)[57]

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