2013–14 Scottish Premiership
|Relegated||Heart of Midlothian|
|Goals scored||437 (2.65 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Kris Commons (23 goals)|
|Biggest home win||Celtic 5–0 Inverness CT
(1 March 2014)
|Biggest away win||Motherwell 0–5 Celtic
(6 December 2013)
|Highest scoring||Kilmarnock 2–5 Celtic
(28 September 2013)
St. Mirren 4–3 St. Johnstone
(19 October 2013)
Inverness CT 3–4 Aberdeen
(21 December 2013)
Motherwell 4–3 Partick Thistle
(15 February 2014)
The 2013–14 Scottish Premiership is the first season of the Scottish Premiership, the highest division of Scottish football. The season began on 2 August 2013 and will conclude on 11 May 2014. This will be the first season of the competition being part of the newly formed Scottish Professional Football League after the merger of the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League. This season will also feature the introduction of an end of season play-off between the 11th-placed team in the top flight and the teams placed 2nd–4th in the Scottish Championship, to determine whether a second team will be relegated from the league.
Twelve teams will contest the league. Partick Thistle (champions) were promoted from the 2012–13 First Division, replacing Dundee (relegated). Heart of Midlothian were deducted 15 points (one-third of the previous season's total) for entering administration during the close season.
On 26 March, Celtic clinched their third title in a row and 45th in total after a 5-1 away win against Partick Thistle. It is the earliest that the title has been won since the 1928-29 season, when Rangers won it on 16 March.
Stadia and locations
|Aberdeen||Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen||21,421|
|Celtic||Celtic Park, Glasgow||60,355|
|Dundee United||Tannadice Park, Dundee||14,229|
|Heart of Midlothian||Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh||17,529|
|Hibernian||Easter Road, Edinburgh||20,421|
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle||Caledonian Stadium, Inverness||7,800|
|Kilmarnock||Rugby Park, Kilmarnock||18,128|
|Motherwell||Fir Park, Motherwell||13,677|
|Partick Thistle||Firhill Stadium, Glasgow||10,102|
|Ross County||Victoria Park, Dingwall||6,541|
|St. Johnstone||McDiarmid Park, Perth||10,696|
|St. Mirren||St. Mirren Park, Paisley||8,023|
Personnel and kits
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||Magners|
|Dundee United||McNamara, JackieJackie McNamara||Dillon, SeánSeán Dillon||Nike||Calor|
|Heart of Midlothian||Locke, GaryGary Locke||Wilson, DannyDanny Wilson||Adidas||Wonga.com|
|Hibernian||Butcher, TerryTerry Butcher||Craig, LiamLiam Craig||Nike||Crabbie's|
|Inverness CT||Hughes, JohnJohn Hughes||Foran, RichieRichie Foran||Erreà||Orion Group|
|Kilmarnock||Johnston, AllanAllan Johnston||Pascali, ManuelManuel Pascali||Killie 1869||QTS|
|Motherwell||McCall, StuartStuart McCall||Lasley, KeithKeith Lasley||Puma||Cash Converters|
|Partick Thistle||Archibald, AlanAlan Archibald||Welsh, SeanSean Welsh||Joma||macb|
|Ross County||Adams, DerekDerek Adams||Brittain, RichardRichard Brittain||Diadora||Stanley CRC Evans Offshore|
|St Johnstone||Wright, TommyTommy Wright||Mackay, DaveDave Mackay||Joma||GS Brown Construction|
|St Mirren||Lennon, DannyDanny Lennon||Goodwin, JimJim Goodwin||Diadora||Blacks Outdoor Retail|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|St. Johnstone||Lomas, SteveSteve Lomas||Signed by Millwall||6 June 2013||Pre-season||Wright, TommyTommy Wright||10 June 2013|
|Kilmarnock||Shiels, KennyKenny Shiels||Sacked||11 June 2013||Pre-season||Johnston, AllanAllan Johnston||25 June 2013|
|Hibernian||Fenlon, PatPat Fenlon||Resigned||1 November 2013||7th||Butcher, TerryTerry Butcher||12 November 2013|
|Inverness CT||Butcher, TerryTerry Butcher||Signed by Hibernian||12 November 2013||2nd||Hughes, JohnJohn Hughes||4 December 2013|
||Promotion or relegation
|1||Celtic (C) (Q)||33||28||4||1||82||16||+66||88||2014–15 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round|
|2||Aberdeen||33||19||6||8||47||30||+17||63||2014–15 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round|
|3||Motherwell||33||19||3||11||55||50||+5||60||2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round|
|5||Inverness Caledonian Thistle||33||15||7||11||40||35||+5||52|
|11||Partick Thistle||33||6||12||15||36||57||−21||30||Scottish Premiership play-offs|
|12||Heart of Midlothian (R)||33||7||7||19||33||59||−26||131||Relegation to the 2014–15 Scottish Championship|
Updated to games played on 7 April 2014.
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1 Heart of Midlothian were deducted 15 points for entering administration
2 The winner of 2013–14 Scottish Cup qualify to second qualifying round of 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.
Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster set a new Scottish league record for length of time played without conceding a goal, which had been previously set by Bobby Clark in 1970–71. Forster's streak ended at 1,256 minutes.
Teams play each other twice, once at home, once away
Source: BBC Sport
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Teams play every other team once (either at home or away)
|Home \ Away||ABE||CEL||DUN||HOM||HIB||INV||KIL||MOT||PAR||ROS||STJ||STM|
|Heart of Midlothian||1–1||0–2||1–2||2–0||2–1|
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle||0–0||0–0||1–2||1–0||2–2|
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.
For the first time since the 1996–97 season, promotion and relegation involving a place in the top division of Scottish football will be determined by a play-off system. The previous system used was a straight head-to-head between the team that had finished 9th (second bottom) in the Premier Division and the runner-up in the First Division. The new system will involve the teams from second to fourth place in the Championship, with the first contest between the third and fourth place teams. The winner progresses to a tie with the second place Championship team. The winner of that second tie then progresses to the promotion and relegation deciding playoff against the 11th place team in the Premiership.
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