2015–16 in Scottish football

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Football in Scotland
Season 2015–16
2014–15 Scotland 2016–17
2015–16 in Scottish football
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Premiership champions
Celtic
Championship champions
Rangers
League 1 champions
Dunfermline Athletic
League 2 champions
East Fife
Scottish Cup winners
Hibernian
League Cup winners
Ross County
Challenge Cup winners
Rangers
Youth Cup winners
Motherwell
Teams in Europe
Celtic, Aberdeen, Inverness CT, St Johnstone
Scotland national team
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

The 2015–16 season was the 119th season of competitive football in Scotland. The domestic season began on 25 July 2015, with the first round of the 2015–16 Scottish Challenge Cup.[1] The 2015–16 Scottish Professional Football League season commenced on 1 August.[1]

Transfer deals[edit]

League competitions[edit]

Scottish Premiership[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation[a]
1 Celtic (C) 38 26 8 4 93 31 +62 86 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
2 Aberdeen 38 22 5 11 62 48 +14 71 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Heart of Midlothian 38 18 11 9 59 40 +19 65
4 St Johnstone 38 16 8 14 58 55 +3 56
5 Motherwell 38 15 5 18 47 63 −16 50
6 Ross County 38 14 6 18 55 61 −6 48
7 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 14 10 14 54 48 +6 52
8 Dundee 38 11 15 12 53 57 −4 48
9 Partick Thistle 38 12 10 16 41 50 −9 46
10 Hamilton Academical 38 11 10 17 42 63 −21 43
11 Kilmarnock (O) 38 9 9 20 41 64 −23 36 Qualification for the Premiership play-off final
12 Dundee United[b] (R) 38 8 7 23 45 70 −25 28 Relegation to the Scottish Championship
Source: Scottish Premiership, Soccerway (first phase), Soccerway (second phase)
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-off (only if deciding champion, UEFA competitions qualification and second stage group allocation).[3]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams play each other three times (33 matches), before the league is split into two groups (the top six and the bottom six).
  2. ^ Dundee United were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player in their win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 6 May 2016.[2]

Scottish Championship[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Rangers (C, P) 36 25 6 5 88 34 +54 81 Promotion to Scottish Premiership
2 Falkirk (Q) 36 19 13 4 61 34 +27 70 Qualification to Premiership play-off semi-finals
3 Hibernian (Q) 36 21 7 8 59 34 +25 70 Qualification to Premiership play-off quarter-finals
4 Raith Rovers (Q) 36 18 8 10 52 46 +6 62
5 Greenock Morton 36 11 10 15 39 42 −3 43
6 St Mirren 36 11 9 16 44 53 −9 42
7 Queen of the South 36 12 6 18 46 56 −10 42
8 Dumbarton 36 10 7 19 35 66 −31 37
9 Livingston (Q, R) 36 8 7 21 37 51 −14 31 Qualification to Championship play-offs
10 Alloa Athletic (R) 36 4 9 23 22 67 −45 21 Relegation to Scottish League One
Updated to match(es) played on 1 May 2016. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated.

Scottish League One[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Dunfermline Athletic (C, P) 36 24 7 5 83 30 +53 79 Promotion to Scottish Championship
2 Ayr United (O, P) 36 19 4 13 65 47 +18 61 Qualification to Championship play-offs
3 Peterhead (Q) 36 16 11 9 72 47 +25 59
4 Stranraer (Q) 36 15 6 15 43 49 −6 51
5 Airdrieonians 36 14 7 15 48 50 −2 49
6 Albion Rovers 36 13 10 13 40 44 −4 49
7 Brechin City 36 12 6 18 47 59 −12 42
8 Stenhousemuir 36 11 7 18 46 80 −34 40
9 Cowdenbeath (Q, R) 36 11 6 19 46 72 −26 39 Qualification to League One play-offs
10 Forfar Athletic (R) 36 8 10 18 48 60 −12 34 Relegation to Scottish League Two
Updated to match(es) played on 30 April 2016. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated.

Scottish League Two[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 East Fife (C, P) 36 18 8 10 62 41 +21 62 Promotion to Scottish League One
2 Elgin City (Q) 36 17 8 11 59 46 +13 59 Qualification to League One play-offs
3 Clyde (Q) 36 17 6 13 56 45 +11 57
4 Queen's Park (O, P) 36 15 11 10 46 32 +14 56
5 Annan Athletic 36 16 8 12 69 57 +12 56
6 Berwick Rangers 36 14 7 15 45 50 −5 49
7 Stirling Albion 36 13 9 14 47 46 +1 48
8 Montrose 36 11 10 15 50 70 −20 43
9 Arbroath 36 11 6 19 42 51 −9 39
10 East Stirlingshire (Q, R) 36 9 5 22 41 79 −38 32 Qualification to League Two play-off finals
Updated to match(es) played on 30 April 2016. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated.

Non-league football[edit]

Highland Football League Lowland Football League
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Cove Rangers (C) 34 89
2 Formartine United 34 85
3 Brora Rangers 34 85
4 Turriff United 34 68
5 Wick Academy 34 60
6 Inverurie Loco Works 34 58
7 Buckie Thistle 34 58
8 Nairn County 34 57
9 Fraserburgh 34 53
10 Keith 34 52
11 Forres Mechanics 34 49
12 Lossiemouth 34 38
13 Deveronvale 34 32
14 Clachnacuddin 34 32
15 Huntly 34 26
16 Strathspey Thistle 34 20
17 Fort William 34 16
18 Rothes 34 4
Source: BBC Sport
(C) Champion.
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Edinburgh City (C, O, P) 28 73
2 Spartans 28 58
3 Stirling University 28 56
4 Cumbernauld Colts 28 51
5 East Kilbride 28 49
6 Edinburgh University 28 42
7 BSC Glasgow 28 41
8 Whitehill Welfare 28 40
9 Dalbeattie Star 28 36
10 Gretna 2008 28 36
11 Gala Fairydean Rovers 28 32
12 Selkirk 28 29
13 Vale of Leithen 28 26
14 Preston Athletic 28 22
15 Threave Rovers (R) 28 10
Source: BBC Sport, Soccerway
(C) Champion;
(O) Play-off winner;
(P) Promoted;
(R) Relegated.

SPFL Development League[edit]

Honours[edit]

Cup honours[edit]

Competition Winner Score Runner-up Match report
2015–16 Scottish Cup Hibernian 3–2 Rangers BBC Sport
2015–16 League Cup Ross County 2–1 Hibernian BBC Sport
2015–16 Challenge Cup Rangers 4–0 Peterhead BBC Sport
2015–16 Youth Cup Motherwell 5–2 Heart of Midlothian BBC Sport
2015–16 Junior Cup Beith Juniors 1–1
4–3 pens.
Pollok The Herald

Non-league honours[edit]

Senior[edit]

Competition Winner
Highland League Cove Rangers
Lowland League Edinburgh City
East of Scotland League Leith Athletic
South of Scotland League St Cuthbert Wanderers

Junior[edit]

West Region
Division Winner
2015–16 Super League Premier Division Auchinleck Talbot
Super League First Division Cumnock Juniors
Ayrshire District League Girvan
Central District League First Division Renfrew
Central District League Second Division Forth Wanderers
East Region
Division Winner
2015–16 Superleague Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic
Premier League Jeanfield Swifts
North Division Downfield
South Division Tranent Juniors
North Region
Division Winner
2015–16 Superleague Banks O' Dee
First Division (West) Buckie Rovers
First Division (East) Colony Park

Individual honours[edit]

PFA Scotland awards[edit]

Award Winner Team
Players' Player of the Year Leigh Griffiths[4] Celtic
Young Player of the Year Kieran Tierney[4] Celtic
Manager of the Year Mark Warburton[4] Rangers
Championship Player Lee Wallace[4] Rangers
League One Player Faissal El Bakhtaoui[4] Dunfermline Athletic
League Two Player Nathan Austin[4] East Fife

SFWA awards[edit]

Award Winner Team
Footballer of the Year Leigh Griffiths[5] Celtic
Young Player of the Year Kieran Tierney[6] Celtic
Manager of the Year Jim McIntyre[7] Ross County

Scottish clubs in Europe[edit]

Celtic, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Aberdeen and St Johnstone qualified for European competition.[8]

Celtic[edit]

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League

Aberdeen[edit]

UEFA Europa League

Inverness Caledonian Thistle[edit]

UEFA Europa League

St Johnstone[edit]

UEFA Europa League

Scotland national team[edit]

Women's football[edit]

Scottish Women's Premier League[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Glasgow City (C, Q) 21 19 2 0 99 11 +88 59 2016–17 UEFA Women's Champions League
2 Hibernian (Q) 21 17 2 2 72 20 +52 53
3 Celtic 21 11 2 8 54 28 +26 35
4 Aberdeen 21 10 4 7 32 24 +8 34
5 Spartans 21 8 1 12 44 38 +6 25
6 Rangers 21 8 0 13 30 57 −27 24
7 Stirling University 21 11 3 7 45 31 +14 36
8 Forfar Farmington 21 11 1 9 45 40 +5 34
9 Heart of Midlothian (R) 21 6 4 11 27 52 −25 22 2016 SPWL 2
10 Hamilton Academical (R) 21 7 1 13 24 62 −38 22
11 Hutchison Vale (R) 21 5 3 13 31 65 −34 18
12 Inverness City (R) 21 0 3 18 14 89 −75 3
Updated to match(es) played on 1 November 2015. Source: Scottish Women's FA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated.

League and Cup honours[edit]

Division Winner
Scottish Women's Premier League Glasgow City[12]
SWFL First Division Glasgow Girls
SWFL Second Division North
SWFL Second Division West/South West
SWFL Second Division East/Central
SWFL Second Division South East
Competition Winner Score Runner-up Match report
Scottish Women's Cup Glasgow City 3 – 0 Hibernian BBC Sport
Scottish Women's Premier League Cup Glasgow City 2 – 1 (AET) Hibernian BBC Sport
SWFL First Division Cup
SWFL Second Division Cup

Individual honours[edit]

SWPL awards[edit]

Award Winner Team
Players' Player of the Year
Player of the Year
Manager of the Year
Young Player of the Year

UEFA Women's Champions League[edit]

Glasgow City[edit]

Scotland women's national team[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • 10 July: Jimmy Murray, 82, Hearts, Falkirk, Clyde, Raith Rovers and Scotland forward.[13]
  • 2 August: Sammy Cox, 91, Queen's Park, Third Lanark, Dundee, Rangers, East Fife and Scotland defender.[14]
  • 6 August: Danny Hegan, 72, Albion Rovers midfielder.[15]
  • 16 August: George Merchant, 89, Dundee and Falkirk forward.[16]
  • 29 August: Graham Leggat, 81, Aberdeen and Scotland forward.[17]
  • 6 September: Ralph Milne, 54, Dundee United winger.[18]
  • 6 September: Hugh Ormond, 92, Dundee United and St Mirren full back.[19]
  • 12 September: Jim Doherty, 61, Albion Rovers and Stranraer midfielder.[20]
  • 1 October: Joe Wark, 67, Motherwell defender.[21]
  • 2 October: Johnny Paton, 92, Celtic winger.[22]
  • 17 October: Johnny Hamilton, 66, Rangers, Hibernian and St Johnstone midfielder.[23]
  • 23 October: Peter Price, 83, St Mirren, Ayr United, Raith Rovers and Albion Rovers forward.[24]
  • 25 October: Matt Watson, 79, Kilmarnock and Queen of the South full-back.[25]
  • 5 November: Brown McMaster, 66, Scottish Football League president (2007–09); Partick Thistle and Stenhousemuir executive.[26]
  • 15 November: Jackie McGugan, 76, St Mirren, Ayr United and Morton defender.[27]
  • 5 December: Willie Coburn, 74, St Johnstone, Forfar and Cowdenbeath defender.[28]
  • 6 December: Ian Burns, 76, Aberdeen and Brechin City wing half.[29]
  • 8 December: Alan Hodgkinson, 79, Scotland goalkeeping coach.[30]
  • 10 December: Arnold Peralta, 26, Rangers midfielder.[31]
  • December: Duncan Lambie, 63, Dundee, St Johnstone and Hibernian forward.[32]
  • 19 January: Joachim Fernandez, 43, Dundee United defender.[33]
  • 22 January: Tommy Bryceland, 76, St Mirren forward and manager.[34]
  • January: John Dowie, 60, Celtic and Clyde defender[35]
  • 28 January: Dave Thomson, 77, Dunfermline Athletic, Queen of the South, Berwick Rangers and East Stirlingshire forward.[36]
  • 28 January: Tommy O'Hara, 62, Queen of the South, Motherwell, Falkirk and Partick Thistle midfielder.[37]
  • 4 February: Harry Glasgow, 76, Clyde, Arbroath and Stenhousemuir defender, Stenhousemuir manager.[38]
  • 24 February: Jim McFadzean, 77, Heart of Midlothian, St Mirren, Raith Rovers, Kilmarnock and Ayr United defender.[39]
  • 4 March: Eddie Blyth, 91, St Mirren forward.[40]
  • 11 March: Billy Ritchie, 79, Rangers, Partick Thistle, Motherwell, Stranraer and Scotland goalkeeper.[41]
  • 22 March: Les Thomson, 79, Falkirk, Stirling Albion and Stenhousemuir centre-half.[42]
  • 31 March: Ian Britton, 61, Dundee United and Arbroath midfielder.[43]
  • 31 March: Jimmy Toner, 91, Dundee inside forward.[44]
  • 7 May: Chris Mitchell, 27, Falkirk, Ayr United, Bradford City, Queen of the South and Clyde midfielder.[45]
  • 8 May: George Ross, 73, Preston North End full back.[46]
  • 11 May: Bobby Carroll, 77, Celtic, St Mirren, Dundee United and Queen of the South winger.[47]
  • 14 May: Jim Finlayson, East Fife, Forfar Athletic and Montrose forward.[48]
  • 14 May: John Coyle, 83, Dundee United, Brechin City and Clyde forward.[49]
  • 25 May: Ian Gibson, 73, Scotland under-23 international.[50]
  • 20 June: Willie Logie, 83, Rangers, Aberdeen, Arbroath, Brechin City and Alloa Athletic wing half.[51]

Notes and references[edit]

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  2. ^ "Dundee Utd docked points for fielding ineligible player Ali Coote v ICT". BBC Sport. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Premiership 2015/2016 - Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Leigh Griffiths: Celtic forward named PFA Scotland Player of the Year". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 May 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Mullen, Scott (9 May 2016). "Leigh Griffiths named SFWA Player of the Year for second time - and looks for a third". Evening Times. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Friel, David (15 May 2016). "Kieran Tierney hasn't forgotten his roots after hitting big-time with Celtic". The Scottish Sun. News UK. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  7. ^ McArthur, Euan (13 May 2016). "Paatelainen's fate not lost on McIntyre as Ross County manager counts his blessings". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "European qualification for 2015/16". www.spfl.co.uk. Scottish Professional Football League. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Aberdeen: Gordon Marshall to be new goalkeeping coach". BBC Sport. BBC. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015. Meanwhile, the venue for the first leg of Aberdeen's Europa League first-round qualifying tie against Shkendija on 2 July has been changed. They will now take on the Macedonian side in the capital, Skopje, after Uefa confirmed it had been moved from the Gradski Stadium in Tetovo. The tie, which will kick off at 8.05pm British time, has been switched because the stadium Shkendija share with three other clubsis being rebuilt and will not be ready to host the Aberdeen match. 
  10. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (1 July 2015). "Europa League: St Johnstone adapt for heat of Armenian battle". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 2 July 2015. The match is being played in the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium instead of the home side's smaller Alashkert Stadium, which is also in the Armenian capital. 
  11. ^ "Euro 2016: Scotland's opponents Georgia fined over crowd trouble". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Glasgow City secure their ninth league title in a row". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 October 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Hearts title winner Jimmy Murray dies aged 82". Edinburgh Evening News. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  14. ^ Jack, Christopher (2 August 2015). "Rangers legend Cox dies aged 91". Evening Times. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  15. ^ Sixties Midfielder Hegan Dies
  16. ^ "GEORGE MERCHANT: 1926-2015". www.falkirkfc.co.uk. Falkirk FC. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "AFC great passes away". www.afc.co.uk. Aberdeen FC. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "Ralph Milne: Dundee United legend dies at the age of 54". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  19. ^ Hugh Ormond
  20. ^ The Passing Of Former Player Jim Doherty
  21. ^ "Joe Wark: 1947 – 2015". www.motherwellfc.co.uk. Motherwell FC. 1 October 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  22. ^ "Johnny Paton 1923-2015". www.chelseafc.com. Chelsea FC. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  23. ^ Former Hibs player Johnny Hamilton dies aged 66
  24. ^ "Peter Price 1932-2015". Ayr United FC. 24 October 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  25. ^ "Matt Watson". www.kilmarnockfc.co.uk. Kilmarnock FC. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  26. ^ "Former Scottish Football League president Brown McMaster dies". Sky Sports. BSkyB. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  27. ^ "Jackie McGugan – 1939-2015". St Mirren FC. 17 November 2015. Archived from the original on 18 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  28. ^ "FORMER PLAYER WILLIE COBURN PASSES AWAY". St Johnstone FC. 5 December 2015. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  29. ^ "Former Aberdeen player Ian Burns dies, aged 76". Sky Sports. 7 December 2015. Archived from the original on 21 December 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  30. ^ "Scottish FA pays tribute to Alan Hodgkinson". www.scottishfa.co.uk. Scottish Football Association. 8 December 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  31. ^ "Honduras soccer captain Arnold Peralta shot dead in hometown". ABC News. ABC. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  32. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-26. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  33. ^ [1]
  34. ^ Vallance, Matt (27 January 2016). "Thomas Bryceland". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  35. ^ Death of former Celt John Dowie.
  36. ^ Dave Thomson
  37. ^ Former Celtic, Motherwell and Partick Thistle star Tommy O'Hara, and his American dream, laid to rest
  38. ^ Harry Glasgow
  39. ^ Tributes pour in for Kilmarnock FC legend Jim McFadzean who has passed away
  40. ^ Eddie Blyth 1924-2016
  41. ^ McElroy, Robert (16 March 2016). "Billy Ritchie". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  42. ^ Les Thomson 1936-2016
  43. ^ "Ian Britton: 1954 - 2016". Burnley FC. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  44. ^ "Jimmy Toner (1924 – 2016)". Dundee FC. Archived from the original on 4 April 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  45. ^ Wilson, Fraser (8 May 2016). "Tributes paid to ex Clyde, QoS and Falkirk footballer Chris Mitchell who has tragically died at the age of 27". Daily Record. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  46. ^ Seddon, Dave (8 May 2016). "PNE legend George Ross passes away". Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  47. ^ "Bobby Carroll, the scorer of Celtic's first European goal, dies aged 77". Sky Sports. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  48. ^ "East Fife legend Jim Finlayson dies following illness". The Courier. DC Thomson. 
  49. ^ "John Coyle". Clyde FC. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  50. ^ "Cardiff City legend Ian Gibson dies aged 73". WalesOnline. 25 May 2016. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
  51. ^ Vallance, Matt. "Obituary - Willie Logie, Rangers player whose tackle started mass brawl during European Cup campaign". The Herald. Retrieved 16 July 2016.