1987–88 in Scottish football

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1987–88 in Scottish football
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Premier Division champions
Celtic
Division One champions
Hamilton Academical
Division Two champions
Ayr United
Scottish Cup winners
Celtic
League Cup winners
Rangers
Junior Cup winners
Auchinleck Talbot
Teams in Europe
Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee United, Rangers, St. Mirren
Scotland national team
UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying, Rous Cup

The 1987–88 season was the 91st season of competitive football in Scotland. [1]

Notable events[edit]

Billy McNeill's second spell back in charge of Celtic began in style as they finished the season by winning the double of the league title and Scottish Cup. The cup triumph was sealed with two late goals from Frank McAvennie, signed in early October from West Ham United, as they had trailed 1-0 to Dundee United.

Rangers, further strengthened with the signing of Englishmen Ray Wilkins and Mark Walters in midfield, had consolation for their failure to repeat title glory in the shape of a League Cup win. They could only finish third in the league, with Hearts finishing second - 10 points adrift of champions Celtic.

Rangers also enjoyed the longest run in Europe out of all the Scottish clubs, reaching the European Cup quarter finals where they were edged out by Steaua Bucharest.

A reduction of the Premier Division from 12 clubs to 10 saw three clubs (Falkirk, Dunfirmline Athletic and Morton) relegated. The only promotion place went to Division One champions Hamilton Academical.

Scottish Premier Division[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Celtic 44 31 10 3 79 23 56 72
2 Heart of Midlothian 44 23 16 5 74 32 42 62
3 Rangers 44 26 8 10 85 34 51 60
4 Aberdeen 44 21 17 6 56 25 31 59
5 Dundee United 44 16 15 13 54 47 7 47
6 Hibernian 44 12 19 13 41 42 −1 43
7 Dundee 44 17 9 20 70 64 6 41
8 Motherwell 44 13 10 21 37 56 −19 36
9 St. Mirren 44 10 15 19 41 64 −23 35
10 Falkirk 44 10 11 23 41 75 −34 31
11 Dunfermline Athletic 44 8 10 26 41 84 −43 26
12 Morton 44 3 10 31 27 100 −73 16

Champions: Celtic
Relegated: Falkirk, Dunfermline Athletic, Morton

Scottish League Division One[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Hamilton Academical 44 22 12 10 67 39 28 56
2 Meadowbank Thistle 44 20 12 12 70 51 19 52
3 Clydebank 44 21 7 16 59 61 −2 49
4 Forfar Athletic 44 16 16 12 67 58 9 48
5 Raith Rovers 44 19 7 18 81 76 5 45
6 Airdrieonians 44 16 13 15 65 68 −3 45
7 Queen of the South 44 14 15 15 56 67 −11 43
8 Partick Thistle 44 16 9 19 60 64 −4 41
9 Clyde 44 17 6 21 73 75 −2 40
10 Kilmarnock 44 13 11 20 55 60 −5 37
11 East Fife 44 13 10 21 61 76 −15 36
12 Dumbarton 44 12 12 20 51 70 −19 36

Promoted: Hamilton Academical
Relegated: East Fife, Dumbarton

Scottish League Division Two[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Ayr United 39 27 7 5 95 31 64 61
2 St. Johnstone 39 26 9 4 75 23 52 61
3 Queen's Park 39 21 9 9 64 44 20 51
4 Brechin City 39 20 8 11 56 40 16 48
5 Stirling Albion 39 18 10 11 60 51 9 46
6 East Stirlingshire 39 15 13 11 52 48 4 43
7 Alloa Athletic 39 16 8 15 50 46 4 40
8 Montrose 39 12 11 16 45 51 −6 35
9 Arbroath 39 10 14 15 54 66 −12 34
10 Stenhousemuir 39 12 9 18 49 58 −9 33
11 Cowdenbeath 39 9 13 17 50 67 −17 31
12 Albion Rovers 39 10 11 18 45 75 −30 31
13 Berwick Rangers 39 6 4 29 33 78 −45 16
14 Stranraer 39 4 8 27 34 84 −50 16

Promoted: Ayr United, St. Johnstone

Other honours[edit]

Cup honours[edit]

Competition Winner Score Runner-up
Scottish Cup 1987–88 Celtic 2 – 1 Dundee United
League Cup 1987–88 Rangers 3 – 3 (a.e.t.)
(5 – 3 pen.)
Aberdeen
Youth Cup Dunfermline Athletic 2 – 1 Dundee
Junior Cup Auchinleck Talbot 1 – 0 Petershill

Individual honours[edit]

Award Winner Club
Footballer of the Year Scotland Paul McStay Celtic
Players' Player of the Year Scotland Paul McStay Celtic
Young Player of the Year Scotland John Collins Hibernian

Scottish clubs in Europe[edit]

Results for Scotland's participants in European competition for the 1987–88 season

Rangers[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score Competition Rangers scorer(s)
European Cup
16 September 1987 Olympic Stadium, Kiev (A) Dynamo Kyiv 0–1 EC1
30 September 1987 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (H) Dynamo Kyiv 2–0 EC1 Mark Falco, Ally McCoist
21 October 1987 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (H) Górnik Zabrze 3–1 EC2 Ally McCoist, Ian Durrant, Mark Falco
4 November 1987 Ernest Pohl Stadium, Zabrze (A) Górnik Zabrze 1–1 EC2 Ally McCoist (pen.)
2 March 1988 Steaua Stadium, Bucharest (A) Steaua Bucharest 0–2 ECQF
16 March 1988 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (H) Steaua Bucharest 2–1 ECQF Richard Gough, Ally McCoist (pen.)

St. Mirren[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score Competition St. Mirren scorer(s)
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
16 September 1987 Love Street, Paisley (H) Tromsø 1–0 CWC1 Kenny McDowall
29 September 1987 Alfheim Stadium, Tromsø (A) Tromsø 0–0 CWC1
21 October 1987 Achter de Kazerne, Mechelen (A) KV Mechelen 0–0 CWC2
4 November 1987 Love Street, Paisley (H) KV Mechelen 0–2 CWC2

Aberdeen[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score Competition Aberdeen Scorer(s)
UEFA Cup
15 September 1987 Dalymount Park, Dublin (A) Bohemians 0–0 UC1
30 September 1987 Pittodrie, Aberdeen (H) Bohemians 1–0 UC1 Jim Bett (pen.)
21 October 1987 Pittodrie, Aberdeen (H) Feyenoord Rotterdam 2–1 UC2 Willie Falconer, Willie Miller
4 November 1987 Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam (A) Feyenoord Rotterdam 0–1 UC2

Celtic[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score Competition Celtic scorer(s)
UEFA Cup
15 September 1987 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) Borussia Dortmund 2–1 UC1 Andy Walker, Derek Whyte
30 September 1987 Westfalenstadion, Dortmund (A) Borussia Dortmund 0–2 UC1

Dundee United[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score Competition Dundee United scorer(s)
UEFA Cup
16 September 1987 The Showgrounds Coleraine (A) Coleraine 1–0 UC1 Paul Sturrock
30 September 1987 Tannadice, Dundee (H) Coleraine 3–1 UC1 Kevin Gallacher, Paul Sturrock, John Clark
21 October 1987 Tannadice, Dundee (H) FC Vítkovice 1–2 UC2 Iain Ferguson
4 November 1987 unknown, Ostrava (A) FC Vítkovice 1–1 UC2 own goal

Scotland national team[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[2] Competition Scotland scorer(s)
9 September 1987 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Hungary 2–0 Friendly Ally McCoist (2)
14 October 1987 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Belgium 2–0 ECQG7 Ally McCoist, Paul McStay
11 November 1987 Vasil Levski, Sofia (A)  Bulgaria 1–0 ECQG7 Gary Mackay
2 December 1987 Stade de la Frontière, Esch (A)  Luxembourg 0–0 ECQG7
17 February 1988 Malaz Stadium, Riyadh (A)  Saudi Arabia 2–2 Friendly Maurice Johnston, John Collins
22 March 1988 Ta'Qali Stadium, Valletta (A)  Malta 1–1 Friendly Graeme Sharp
27 April 1988 Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid (A)  Spain 0–0 Friendly
17 May 1988 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Colombia 0–0 Rous Cup
21 May 1988 Wembley Stadium, London (A)  England 0–1 Rous Cup

Key:

  • (H) = Home match
  • (A) = Away match
  • ECQG7 = European Championship qualifying - Group 7

See also[edit]

1987–88 Aberdeen F.C. season
Dundee United F.C. season 1987-88
Rangers F.C. season 1987-88

Notes and references[edit]