2017–18 in Scottish football

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Football in Scotland
Season2017–18
2016–17 Scotland 2018–19
2017–18 in Scottish football
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Premiership champions
Celtic
Championship champions
St Mirren
League 1 champions
Ayr United
League 2 champions
Montrose
Scottish Cup winners
Celtic
League Cup winners
Celtic
Challenge Cup winners
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Youth Cup winners
Hibernian
Teams in Europe
Celtic, Aberdeen, Rangers, St Johnstone
Scotland national team
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

The 2017–18 season was the 121st season of competitive football in Scotland. The domestic season began on 15 July 2017, with the first round of matches in the 2017–18 Scottish League Cup.[1] The 2017–18 Scottish Professional Football League season commenced on 5 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 24 10 4 73 25 +48 82 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round[b]
2 Aberdeen 38 22 7 9 56 37 +19 73 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
3 Rangers 38 21 7 10 76 50 +26 70 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
4 Hibernian 38 18 13 7 62 46 +16 67
5 Kilmarnock 38 16 11 11 49 47 +2 59
6 Heart of Midlothian 38 12 13 13 39 39 0 49
7 Motherwell 38 13 9 16 43 49 −6 48
8 St Johnstone 38 12 10 16 42 53 −11 46
9 Dundee 38 11 6 21 36 57 −21 39
10 Hamilton Academical 38 9 6 23 47 68 −21 33
11 Partick Thistle (R) 38 8 9 21 31 61 −30 33 Qualification for the Premiership play-off final
12 Ross County (R) 38 6 11 21 40 62 −22 29 Relegation to the Championship
Source: Soccerway BBC
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).[2]
(C) Champion; (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. ^ Since the winners of the 2017–18 Scottish Cup, Celtic, qualified for European competition based on league position, the spot awarded to the Scottish Cup winners (Europa League second qualifying round) was passed to the second-placed team and the spot awarded to the second-placed team (Europa League first qualifying round) was passed to the fourth-placed team.

Scottish Championship[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 St Mirren (C, P) 36 23 5 8 63 36 +27 74 Promotion to the Premiership
2 Livingston (O, P) 36 17 11 8 56 37 +19 62 Qualification for the Premiership play-off semi-final
3 Dundee United 36 18 7 11 52 42 +10 61 Qualification for the Premiership play-off quarter-final
4 Dunfermline Athletic 36 16 11 9 60 35 +25 59
5 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 36 16 9 11 53 37 +16 57
6 Queen of the South 36 14 10 12 59 53 +6 52
7 Greenock Morton 36 13 11 12 47 40 +7 50
8 Falkirk 36 12 11 13 45 49 −4 47
9 Dumbarton (R) 36 7 9 20 27 63 −36 30 Qualification for the Championship play-offs
10 Brechin City (R) 36 0 4 32 20 90 −70 4 Relegation to League One
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Points in head-to-head matches; 5) Goal difference in hth matches; 6). Goals scored in hth matches; 7). Play-off (only for deciding promotion, play-off participation and relegation).[3]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

Scottish League One[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Ayr United (C, P) 36 24 4 8 92 42 +50 76 Promotion to Championship
2 Raith Rovers 36 22 9 5 68 32 +36 75 Qualification to Championship play-offs
3 Alloa Athletic (O, P) 36 17 9 10 56 43 +13 60
4 Arbroath 36 17 8 11 70 51 +19 59
5 Stranraer 36 16 5 15 58 66 −8 53
6 East Fife 36 13 3 20 49 67 −18 42
7 Airdrieonians 36 10 11 15 46 60 −14 41
8 Forfar Athletic 36 11 5 20 40 65 −25 38
9 Queen's Park (R) 36 7 10 19 42 72 −30 31 Qualification to League One play-offs
10 Albion Rovers (R) 36 8 6 22 57 80 −23 30 Relegation to League Two
Source: [4]
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

Scottish League Two[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Montrose (C, P) 36 23 8 5 60 35 +25 77 Promotion to League One
2 Peterhead 36 24 4 8 79 39 +40 76 Qualification to League One play-offs
3 Stirling Albion 36 16 7 13 61 52 +9 55
4 Stenhousemuir (O, P) 36 15 9 12 56 47 +9 54
5 Clyde 36 14 9 13 52 50 +2 51
6 Elgin City 36 14 7 15 54 61 −7 49
7 Annan Athletic 36 12 11 13 49 41 +8 47
8 Berwick Rangers 36 9 10 17 31 59 −28 37
9 Edinburgh City 36 7 9 20 37 62 −25 30
10 Cowdenbeath (O) 36 4 10 22 23 56 −33 22 Qualification to League Two play-off finals
Source: [5]
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted.

Non-league football[edit]

SPFL Development League[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Hibernian (C) 26 19 2 5 72 35 +37 59
2 Dundee 26 16 5 5 52 33 +19 53
3 Heart of Midlothian 26 17 1 8 62 43 +19 52
4 Aberdeen 26 14 5 7 49 30 +19 47
5 Motherwell 26 14 3 9 45 34 +11 45
6 Celtic 26 13 5 8 49 27 +22 44
7 Ross County 26 11 7 8 56 52 +4 40
8 Hamilton Academical 26 11 6 9 46 38 +8 39
9 Dundee United 26 9 1 16 37 61 −24 28
10 St Mirren 26 7 5 14 43 59 −16 26
11 St Johnstone 26 7 5 14 41 57 −16 26
12 Partick Thistle 26 6 4 16 36 65 −29 22
13 Kilmarnock 26 6 1 19 29 53 −24 19
14 Falkirk 26 5 4 17 26 56 −30 19
Source: SPFL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion.

Development League Champions

Competition Winner Ref
Development League Hibernian [6][7]
Development League West Greenock Morton [8]
Development League East Raith Rovers [9]

Honours[edit]

Cup honours[edit]

Competition Winner Score Runner-up Match report
2017–18 Scottish Cup Celtic 2–0 Motherwell BBC Sport
2017–18 League Cup Celtic 2–0 Motherwell BBC Sport
2017–18 Challenge Cup Inverness CT 1–0 Dumbarton BBC Sport
2017–18 Youth Cup Hibernian 3–1 Aberdeen BBC Sport
2017–18 Junior Cup Auchinleck Talbot 3–2 Hurlford United BBC Sport

Non-league honours[edit]

Senior[edit]

Competition Winner
Highland League Cove Rangers
Lowland League Spartans[10]
East of Scotland League Kelty Hearts
South of Scotland League Threave Rovers

Junior[edit]

West Region
Division Winner
Super League Premier Division Beith
Super League First Division Petershill
Ayrshire District League Dalry Thistle
Central District League First Division Rossvale
Central District League Second Division Royal Albert
East Region
Division Winner
Superleague Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic
Premier League Musselburgh Athletic
North Division Dundee North End
South Division Pumpherston
North Region
Division Winner
Superleague Banks O’Dee
First Division (West) Nairn St Ninian
First Division (East) East End

Individual honours[edit]

PFA Scotland awards[edit]

Award Winner Team
Players' Player of the Year Scott Brown Celtic
Young Player of the Year Kieran Tierney Celtic
Manager of the Year Jack Ross St Mirren
Championship Player Lewis Morgan St Mirren
League One Player Lawrence Shankland Ayr United
League Two Player Darren Smith Stirling Albion

SFWA awards[edit]

Award Winner Team
Footballer of the Year Scott Brown Celtic
Young Player of the Year Kieran Tierney Celtic
Manager of the Year Steve Clarke Kilmarnock

SPFL awards[edit]

Award[11] Winner Team
Premiership Manager Brendan Rodgers Celtic
Premiership Player Scott Brown Celtic
Championship Manager Jack Ross St Mirren
Championship Player Lewis Morgan St Mirren
League One Manager Ian McCall Ayr United
League One Player Lawrence Shankland Ayr United
League Two Manager Stewart Petrie Montrose
League Two Player Seán Dillon Montrose

Scottish clubs in Europe[edit]

Celtic, Aberdeen, Rangers and St Johnstone qualified for European competition. Rangers and St Johnstone were both eliminated in the first qualifying round, which prompted some administrators and coaches to suggest that Scottish football should adopt a summer season.[12][13]

Celtic[edit]

UEFA Champions League

Celtic started in the second qualifying round of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, and were drawn against the winners of a first round tie between Linfield and Fiorita.[14]

UEFA Europa League

Celtic finished third in their Champions League group, which meant that they progressed to the last 32 of the Europa League.[15]

Aberdeen[edit]

UEFA Europa League

Aberdeen started in the second qualifying round of the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, and were drawn against the winners of a first round tie between Ordabasy and Široki Brijeg.[16]

Rangers[edit]

UEFA Europa League

St Johnstone[edit]

UEFA Europa League

Scotland national team[edit]

Women's football[edit]

League and Cup honours[edit]

Division Winner
2017 SWPL 1 Glasgow City[17]
2017 SWPL 2 Forfar Farmington[18]
2017 SWFL First Division (North) Central Girls[19]
2017 SWFL First Division (South) Kilmarnock[20]
2017 SWFL Second Division (West)
2017 SWFL Second Division (Central)
2017 SWFL Second Division (East)
Competition Winner Score Runner-up Match report
Scottish Women's Cup Hibernian 3–0 Glasgow City BBC Sport
Scottish Women's Premier League Cup Hibernian 4–1 Celtic 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

Scottish Women's Premier League[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Glasgow City (C) 21 19 2 0 70 4 +66 59 2018–19 Champions League
2 Hibernian 21 18 0 3 75 14 +61 54
3 Celtic 21 11 2 8 54 30 +24 35
4 Stirling University 21 8 4 9 26 39 −13 28
5 Spartans 21 8 4 9 26 46 −20 28
6 Rangers 21 6 2 13 33 51 −18 20
7 Hamilton Academical 21 4 1 16 15 50 −35 13
8 Aberdeen (R) 21 1 3 17 16 81 −65 6 2018 SWPL 2
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.

UEFA Women's Champions League[edit]

Glasgow City[edit]

Glasgow City entered the Champions League in the round of 32.[21]

Hibernian[edit]

Scotland women's national team[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

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