2010–11 Scottish Premier League

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Scottish Premier League
Season2010–11
Dates14 August 2010 – 15 May 2011
ChampionsRangers Premier League title
54th Scottish title overall
RelegatedHamilton Academical
Europa LeagueCeltic
Heart of Midlothian
Dundee United
Matches played228
Goals scored584 (2.56 per match)
Top goalscorerKenny Miller (21)
Biggest home winCeltic 9–0 Aberdeen
(6 November 2010)
Biggest away winMotherwell
Highest scoringCeltic 9–0 Aberdeen
(6 November 2010)
Longest winning run9 games
Longest unbeaten run14 games
Celtic
Longest winless run22 games
Hamilton Academical
Longest losing run7 games
Aberdeen
Highest attendance58,874
Celtic
Lowest attendance2,019
Hamilton Academical v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
(13 November 2010)
Average attendance13,677

The 2010–11 Scottish Premier League was the thirteenth season of the Scottish Premier League, the highest division of Scottish football. It commenced on 14 August 2010 and ended on 15 May 2011. The defending champions were Rangers who retained their championship with a 5–1 win at Kilmarnock on the final day of the season.[1]

Teams[edit]

Twelve teams participated in the 2010–11 season, eleven of which competed in the 2009–10 season. Inverness Caledonian Thistle was promoted from the 2009–10 First Division.

Team changes[edit]

Promoted from First Division to Premier League

Relegated from Premier League to First Division

Kits and shirt sponsors[edit]

Team Kit manufacturer Kit sponsor Notes
Aberdeen Nike Team Recruitment New home and away kits
Celtic Nike Tennent's Lager Tennent's replaced Carling as shirt sponsors
New home and away kits
Dundee United Nike Calor Gas Calor Gas replaced Cabrini as shirt sponsors
Hamilton Academical Nike Reid Furniture
Heart of Midlothian Umbro Ūkio bankas New home and away kits
Hibernian Puma McEwan Fraser Puma replaced Le Coq Sportif as kit manufacturer
New home and away kits
Inverness CT Errea Orion Group New home and away kits
Kilmarnock 1869 Verve.net New home and away kits
Motherwell Puma[2] Commsworld Puma replaced Canterbury as kit manufacturer
New home and away kits
Rangers Umbro Tennent's Lager Tennent's replaced Carling as shirt sponsors
New home, away and third kits
St Johnstone Joma Taylor Wimpey Joma replaced Surridge as kit manufacturer
New home and away kits
St Mirren Hummel Braehead Shopping Centre New home and away kits

Stadiums and Attendees[edit]

As of 15:08, 7 April 2012 (UTC)[3]
Team Stadium Capacity Total Highest Lowest Average
Aberdeen Pittodrie Stadium 22,199 173,460 15,307 5,955 9,129
Celtic Celtic Park 60,355 930,395 58,874 40,750 48,968
Dundee United Tannadice Park 14,209 140,391 11,790 4,918 7,389
Hamilton Academical New Douglas Park 6,096 55,056 5,356 2,011 2,898
Heart of Midlothian Tynecastle Stadium 17,420 269,506 17,420 12,009 14,185
Hibernian Easter Road[note 1] 020,250 223,360 17,793 7,238 11,756
Inverness CT Caledonian Stadium 7,500 85,998 7,547 3,241 4,526
Kilmarnock Rugby Park 18,128 122,106 16,173 4,214 6,427
Motherwell Fir Park 13,742 99,838 9,716 3,324 5,255
Rangers Ibrox Stadium 51,082 860,793 50,248 41,514 45,305
St Johnstone McDiarmid Park 10,673 72,982 6,866 2,253 3,841
St Mirren St Mirren Park 8,016 84,545 6,118 2,701 4,450

Events[edit]

Referee strike[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Rangers (C) 38 30 3 5 88 29 +59 93 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
2 Celtic 38 29 5 4 85 22 +63 92 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round[a]
3 Heart of Midlothian 38 18 9 11 53 45 +8 63 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
4 Dundee United 38 17 10 11 55 50 +5 61 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round[a]
5 Kilmarnock 38 13 10 15 53 55 −2 49
6 Motherwell 38 13 7 18 40 60 −20 46
7 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 14 11 13 52 44 +8 53
8 St Johnstone 38 11 11 16 23 43 −20 44
9 Aberdeen 38 11 5 22 39 59 −20 38
10 Hibernian 38 10 7 21 39 61 −22 37
11 St Mirren 38 8 9 21 33 57 −24 33
12 Hamilton Academical (R) 38 5 11 22 24 59 −35 26 Relegation to 2011–12 Scottish First Division
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Celtic entered the play-off round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League as they won the 2011 Scottish Cup Final. Due to this, Heart of Midlothian also moved up to the third qualifying round, whilst fourth-placed team Dundee United received the second qualifying round spot.

Results[edit]

Matches 1–22[edit]

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

Home \ Away ABE CEL DUN HAM HOM HIB INV KIL MOT RAN STJ STM
Aberdeen 0–3 1–1 4–0 0–1 4–2 1–2 0–1 1–2 2–3 0–1 2–0
Celtic 9–0 1–1 3–1 3–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–3 2–0 4–0
Dundee United 3–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–4 1–1 2–0 0–4 1–0 1–2
Hamilton Academical 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–4 1–2 1–3 2–2 0–0 1–2 1–2 0–0
Heart of Midlothian 5–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–3 0–2 1–2 1–1 3–0
Hibernian 1–2 0–3 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–3 0–0 2–0
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–3 4–2 1–3 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–2
Kilmarnock 2–0 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–2 2–1 1–2 0–1 2–3 1–1 2–1
Motherwell 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 2–3 0–0 0–1 1–4 4–0 3–1
Rangers 2–0 0–2 4–0 4–0 1–0 0–3 1–1 2–1 4–1 2–1 2–1
St Johnstone 0–1 0–3 0–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–0 0–3 0–2 0–2 2–1
St Mirren 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on 20:40, 19 April 2011 (UTC). Source: BBC Sport
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 ABE CEL DUN HAM HOM HIB INV KIL MOT RAN STJ STM
Aberdeen 1–0 0–0 0–1 5–0 0–1
Celtic 1–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 3–0 1–0
Dundee United 3–1 1–3 3–0 1–0 2–0
Hamilton Academical 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–0
Heart of Midlothian 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–2
Hibernian 1–2 2–2 2–0 2–1 0–2
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–0
Kilmarnock 0–4 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0
Motherwell 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–1
Rangers 2–3 1–0 2–1 6–0 4–0
St Johnstone 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–0
St Mirren 3–2 1–1 3–1 0–1 3–3 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 19:56, 4 May 2011 (UTC). Source: BBC Sport
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 34–38[edit]

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

Statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 18:01, 15 May 2011 (UTC)[9]
Rank Scorer Team Goals
1 Scotland Kenny Miller[note 2] Rangers 21
2 England Gary Hooper Celtic 20
3 Scotland David Goodwillie Dundee United 17
4 Croatia Nikica Jelavić Rangers 16
5 Republic of Ireland Adam Rooney Inverness CT 15
Republic of Ireland Conor Sammon[note 3] Kilmarnock
Republic of Ireland Anthony Stokes[note 4] Celtic
8 England Michael Higdon St Mirren 14
9 Czech Republic Rudolf Skácel Heart of Midlothian 13
10 England Nick Blackman[note 5] Aberdeen 12

Hat-tricks[edit]

Scorer For Against Date
Scotland Paul Hartley Aberdeen Hamilton Academical 14 August 2010[10]
Scotland Kenny Miller Rangers Hibernian 22 August 2010[11]
Czech Republic Rudi Skacel Heart of Midlothian St Mirren 23 October 2010[12]
Republic of Ireland Anthony Stokes Celtic Aberdeen 6 November 2010[13]
England Gary Hooper Celtic Aberdeen 6 November 2010[13]
England Nick Blackman Motherwell St Johnstone 10 November 2010[14]
Scotland Kenny Miller Rangers Kilmarnock 20 November 2010[15]
Republic of Ireland Adam Rooney Inverness CT Hibernian 20 November 2010[16]
Croatia Nikica Jelavić Rangers Motherwell 12 February 2011[17]
England Michael Higdon St Mirren Hamilton Academical 2 April 2011[18]
Republic of Ireland Jon Daly Dundee United Motherwell 7 May 2011[19]
Northern Ireland Kyle Lafferty Rangers Kilmarnock 15 May 2011[20]

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Young Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club Player Club
August Scotland Walter Smith[21] Rangers Scotland Kenny Miller[21] Rangers Scotland James Forrest[22] Celtic
September Northern Ireland Neil Lennon[23] Celtic Scotland Kenny Miller[24] Rangers Scotland Chris Maguire[25] Aberdeen
October England Terry Butcher[26] Inverness CT Scotland Steven Naismith[27] Rangers South Korea Ki Sung-Yueng[28] Celtic
November Scotland Jim Jefferies[29] Heart of Midlothian Finland Alexei Eremenko[30] Kilmarnock Scotland David Templeton[31] Heart of Midlothian
December Finland Mixu Paatelainen[32] Kilmarnock Lithuania Marius Žaliūkas[33] Heart of Midlothian Scotland David Templeton[33] Heart of Midlothian
January Northern Ireland Neil Lennon[34] Celtic Israel Beram Kayal[35] Celtic Scotland Jamie Ness[36] Rangers
February Scotland Colin Calderwood[37] Hibernian Slovakia Marián Kello[38] Heart of Midlothian Scotland Callum Booth[37] Hibernian
March Scotland Peter Houston[39] Dundee United Scotland David Goodwillie[39] Dundee United Scotland Johnny Russell[39] Dundee United
April Northern Ireland Neil Lennon[40] Celtic Scotland Allan McGregor[41] Rangers Scotland Jamie Murphy[42] Motherwell

Clydesdale Bank Premier League Awards[edit]

Award Recipient
Player of the Season Honduras Emilio Izaguirre[43]
Manager of the Season Finland Mixu Paatelainen[43]
Young Player of the Season Scotland David Goodwillie[43]
Goal of the Season Scotland Derek Riordan[43]
Save of the Season Slovakia Marian Kello[43]
Under-19 League Player of the Season Scotland Jason Holt[43]
Best Club Media Relations Motherwell[43]
SPL Family Champions Rangers[43]
Best Community Initiative St Mirren[43]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The capacity of Easter Road was increased during the 2010 close season as Hibernian opened a new East Stand
  2. ^ Miller left Rangers to sign for Turkish club Bursaspor in January 2011
  3. ^ Sammon left Kilmarnock to sign for English club Wigan Athletic in January 2011
  4. ^ Stokes scored 1 goal for Hibernian
  5. ^ Blackman scored 10 goals for Motherwell

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