2013–14 Scottish Premiership

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Scottish Premiership
Scottish Premiership.svg
Season 2013–14
Champions Celtic
Relegated Hibernian
Heart of Midlothian
Champions League Celtic
Europa League Motherwell
Aberdeen
St. Johnstone
Matches played 222
Goals scored 611 (2.75 per match)
Top goalscorer Kris Commons (23 goals)
Biggest home win Celtic 6–0 Inverness CT
(27 April 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.[1] The season began on 2 August 2013 and will conclude on 11 May 2014.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

On 26 March, Celtic clinched their third title in a row and 45th in total after a 5-1 away win against Partick Thistle.[6][7] It is the earliest that the title has been won since the 1928–29 season, when Rangers won it on 16 March.[8][9][10]

Teams[edit]

Aberdeen
Celtic
Dundee United
Hearts
Hibernian
Inverness
Kilmarnock
Motherwell
Partick Thistle
Ross County
St. Johnstone
St. Mirren
Locations of the current Premiership teams in Scotland [ ]

Dundee were relegated from the 2012–13 Scottish Premier League. Partick Thistle, who won the 2012–13 Scottish First Division, were promoted.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Aberdeen Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 21,421[11]
Celtic Celtic Park, Glasgow 60,355[12]
Dundee United Tannadice Park, Dundee 14,229[13]
Heart of Midlothian Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh 17,529[14]
Hibernian Easter Road, Edinburgh 20,421[15]
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Caledonian Stadium, Inverness 7,800[16]
Kilmarnock Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 18,128[17]
Motherwell Fir Park, Motherwell 13,677[18]
Partick Thistle Firhill Stadium, Glasgow 10,102[19]
Ross County Victoria Park, Dingwall 6,541[20]
St. Johnstone McDiarmid Park, Perth 10,696[21]
St. Mirren St. Mirren Park, Paisley 8,023[22]

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 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[23] 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

Managerial changes[edit]

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[24] Pre-season Wright, TommyTommy Wright 10 June 2013[25]
Kilmarnock Shiels, KennyKenny Shiels Sacked 11 June 2013[26] Pre-season Johnston, AllanAllan Johnston 25 June 2013[27]
Hibernian Fenlon, PatPat Fenlon Resigned 1 November 2013[28] 7th Butcher, TerryTerry Butcher 12 November 2013[29]
Inverness CT Butcher, TerryTerry Butcher Signed by Hibernian 12 November 2013[29] 2nd Hughes, JohnJohn Hughes 4 December 2013[30]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Celtic (C) 38 31 6 1 102 25 +77 99 2014–15 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Motherwell 38 22 4 12 64 60 +4 70 2014–15 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
3 Aberdeen 38 20 8 10 53 38 +15 68 2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
4 Dundee United 38 16 10 12 65 50 +15 58
5 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 16 9 13 44 44 0 57
6 St Johnstone 38 15 8 15 48 42 +6 53 2014–15 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
7 Ross County 38 11 7 20 44 62 −18 40
8 St Mirren 38 10 9 19 39 58 −19 39
9 Kilmarnock 38 11 6 21 45 66 −21 39
10 Partick Thistle 38 8 14 16 46 65 −19 38
11 Hibernian (R) 38 8 11 19 31 51 −20 35 Scottish Premiership play-offs
12 Heart of Midlothian (R) 38 10 8 20 45 65 −20 0231 Relegation to the 2014–15 Scottish Championship

Source: ESPN
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 St Johnstone, as winners of the 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.

Season statistics[edit]

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.[31] Forster's streak ended at 1,256 minutes.[32]

Matches 23–33[edit]

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

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

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 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.

Premiership Play-offs[edit]

For the first time since the 1996–97 season, promotion and relegation involving a place in the top division of the Scottish football league system will be determined by a play-off system.[35] 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.[35] 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.[36] The winner progresses to a tie with the second place Championship team.[36] The winner of that second tie then progresses to the promotion and relegation deciding playoff against the 11th place team in the Premiership.[36]

Quarter-final[edit]

First leg[edit]

6 May 2014
19:45
Queen of the South 2–1 Falkirk
McHugh Goal 56'90' Report Alston Goal 8'
Palmerston Park, Dumfries
Attendance: 1,996
Referee: John McKendrick

Second leg[edit]

10 May 2014
15:00
Falkirk 3–1 (a.e.t.) Queen of the South
Loy Goal 53'
Sibbald Goal 70'
Alston Goal 118'
Report McHugh Goal 36'
Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk
Attendance: 4,427
Referee: Calum Murray

Falkirk won 4–3 on aggregate.

Semi-final[edit]

First leg[edit]

13 May 2014
19:45
Falkirk 1–1 Hamilton Academical
Beck Goal 80' Report MacKinnon Goal 61'
Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk
Attendance: 4,194
Referee: John Beaton

Second leg[edit]

18 May 2014
15:00
Hamilton Academical 1–0 Falkirk
Andreu Goal 16' Report
New Douglas Park, Hamilton
Attendance: 4,678
Referee: Kevin Clancy

Hamilton Academical won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

First leg[edit]

21 May 2014
19:45
Hamilton Academical 0–2 Hibernian
Report Cummings Goal 39'55'
New Douglas Park, Hamilton
Attendance: 5,322
Referee: Bobby Madden

Second leg[edit]

2–2 on aggregate. Hamilton Academical won 4–3 on penalties.

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