2019–20 Scottish Premiership

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Scottish Premiership
Season2019–20
Dates3 August 2019 – 17 May 2020
Matches played48
Goals scored134 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorerJermain Defoe
(9 goals)[1][2]
Biggest home winCeltic 7–0 St Johnstone[3]
(3 August 2019)
Biggest away winSt Johnstone 0–4 Rangers[3]
(22 September 2019)
Highest scoringCeltic 7–0 St Johnstone[3]
(3 August 2019)
Motherwell 2–5 Celtic[3]
(10 August 2019)
Rangers 6–1 Hibernian[3]
(11 August 2019)
Longest winning run6 matches[3]
Celtic
Longest unbeaten run7 matches[3]
Celtic
Longest winless run8 matches[3]
St Johnstone
Longest losing run3 matches[3]
Hibernian
Livingston
St Mirren
Highest attendance58,877[3]
Celtic 7–0 St Johnstone
(3 August 2019)
Lowest attendance1,075[3]
Hamilton Academical 2–1 Livingston
(28 September 2019)
Total attendance744,914[3]
Average attendance15,519[3](Red Arrow Down.svg454)
2020–21 →
All statistics correct as of 6 October 2019.

The 2019–20 Scottish Premiership (known as the Ladbrokes Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is the seventh and current season of the Scottish Premiership, the highest division of Scottish football. The fixtures were published on 21 June 2019 and the season began on 3 August 2019.[4] Celtic are the defending champions.

Twelve teams contest the league: Aberdeen, Celtic, Hamilton Academical, Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Livingston, Motherwell, Rangers, Ross County, St Johnstone and St Mirren.

Teams[edit]

The following teams have changed division since the 2018–19 season.

Promoted from Scottish Championship

Relegated to Scottish Championship

Stadia and locations[edit]

Aberdeen Celtic Hamilton Academical Heart of Midlothian
Pittodrie Stadium Celtic Park New Douglas Park Tynecastle Park
Capacity: 20,866[7] Capacity: 60,411[8] Capacity: 6,018[9] Capacity: 20,099[10]
Pittodrie from Block Y, May 2015.jpg Celtic Park New.jpg New Douglas Park - 1.jpg Tynecastle Stadium 2007.jpg
Hibernian Kilmarnock
Easter Road Rugby Park
Capacity: 20,421[11] Capacity: 17,889[12]
Easter Road 2010.JPG Rugby Park.jpg
Livingston Motherwell
Almondvale Stadium Fir Park
Capacity: 9,512[13] Capacity: 13,677[14]
Almondvale Stadium, Livingston.jpg Fir Park, Motherwell. - geograph.org.uk - 219204.jpg
Rangers Ross County St Johnstone St Mirren
Ibrox Stadium Victoria Park McDiarmid Park St Mirren Park
Capacity: 50,817[15] Capacity: 6,541[16] Capacity: 10,696[17] Capacity: 7,937[18]
Ibrox Inside.jpg Victoria park 2.jpg McDiarmid Park.jpg StMirren(2).jpg

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Aberdeen Scotland Derek McInnes England Joe Lewis Adidas Saltire Energy
Celtic Northern Ireland Neil Lennon Scotland Scott Brown New Balance Dafabet
Hamilton Academical Scotland Brian Rice Scotland Darian MacKinnon Adidas Euro Mechanical Handling
Heart of Midlothian Scotland Craig Levein Scotland Christophe Berra Umbro Save the Children
Hibernian England Paul Heckingbottom Scotland David Gray Macron Hibernian Community Foundation
Kilmarnock Italy Angelo Alessio Republic of Ireland Gary Dicker Nike QTS
Livingston Scotland Gary Holt Scotland Alan Lithgow Nike Phoenix Drilling Ltd
Motherwell Northern Ireland Stephen Robinson England Peter Hartley Macron Paddy Power (unbranded)
Rangers England Steven Gerrard England James Tavernier Hummel 32Red
Ross County Scotland Steven Ferguson and Scotland Stuart Kettlewell Scotland Marcus Fraser Macron McEwan Fraser Legal
St Johnstone Northern Ireland Tommy Wright Scotland Jason Kerr Macron Binn Group
St Mirren Republic of Ireland Jim Goodwin Scotland Stephen McGinn Joma Skyview Capital

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Kilmarnock Scotland Steve Clarke Signed by Scotland 20 May 2019[19] Pre-season Italy Angelo Alessio 16 June 2019[20]
Celtic Northern Ireland Neil Lennon End of interim 25 May 2019[21] Northern Ireland Neil Lennon 31 May 2019[22]
St Mirren Northern Ireland Oran Kearney Mutual consent 26 June 2019[23] Republic of Ireland Jim Goodwin 29 June 2019[24]

Format[edit]

In the initial phase of the season, the 12 teams will play a round-robin tournament whereby each team plays each one of the other teams three times. After 33 games, the league splits into two sections of six teams, with each team playing each other in that section. The league attempts to balance the fixture list so that teams in the same section play each other twice at home and twice away, but sometimes this is impossible. A total of 228 matches will be played, with 38 matches played by each team.

League summary[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation[a]
1 Celtic 9 7 1 1 28 7 +21 22 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Rangers 9 7 1 1 27 6 +21 22 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Motherwell 9 5 1 3 15 13 +2 16
4 Aberdeen 9 4 3 2 13 10 +3 15
5 Kilmarnock 9 4 2 3 8 8 0 14
6 Ross County 9 3 3 3 10 17 −7 12
7 Livingston 9 3 2 4 13 13 0 11
8 Hamilton Academical 9 2 3 4 8 16 −8 9
9 St Mirren 9 2 2 5 5 8 −3 8
10 Heart of Midlothian 9 1 4 4 10 14 −4 7
11 Hibernian 9 1 4 4 8 18 −10 7 Qualification for the Premiership play-off final
12 St Johnstone 9 0 4 5 7 22 −15 4 Relegation to the Championship
Updated to match(es) played on 20 October 2019. Source: BBC SPFL
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).
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).

Positions by round[edit]

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological progress, any postponed matches are not included in the round at which they were originally scheduled but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 16.

Leader – Qualification for Champions League first qualifying round
Qualification for Europa League first qualifying round
Qualification for Premiership play-off final
Relegation to 2020–21 Scottish Championship
Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Rangers 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 1
Celtic 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Motherwell 7 10 6 5 3 4 3 3
Aberdeen 3 4 5 4 4 3 4 4
Ross County 2 3 4 8 7 5 5 5
Livingston 6 8 3 3 5 6 6 6
Kilmarnock 9 12 12 6 6 7 7 7
Hamilton Academical 11 6 9 7 8 9 8 8
Heart of Midlothian 8 9 11 11 12 8 9 9
Hibernian 5 7 7 9 9 11 11 10
St Mirren 10 5 8 10 10 10 10 11
St Johnstone 12 11 10 12 11 12 12 12

Source: BBC Sport
Updated: 6 October 2019

Results[edit]

Matches 1–22[edit]

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

Home \ Away ABE CEL HAM HOM HIB KIL LIV MOT RAN ROS STJ STM
Aberdeen 3–2 1–1 a 3–0 1–1
Celtic 3–1 3–1 a 7–0
Hamilton Academical 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–3
Heart of Midlothian 2–2 a 0–1 2–3 0–0
Hibernian 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–0
Kilmarnock 0–0 2–0 1–2 0–0
Livingston 0–2 2–0 0–0 2–1
Motherwell 2–5 a 3–0 1–2 2–0
Rangers 5–0 0–2 5–0 6–1 3–1
Ross County 3–0 1–4 2–2 2–1
St Johnstone 0–1 2–2 0–1 0–4
St Mirren 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 6 October 2019. Source: SPFL
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Matches 23–33[edit]

Teams play each other once, either home or away.

Home \ Away ABE CEL HAM HOM HIB KIL LIV MOT RAN ROS STJ STM
Aberdeen
Celtic
Hamilton Academical a
Heart of Midlothian
Hibernian a
Kilmarnock
Livingston
Motherwell
Rangers a a
Ross County
St Johnstone
St Mirren
Source: SPFL
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Matches 34–38[edit]

After 33 matches, the league splits into two sections of six teams i.e. the top six and the bottom six, with the teams playing every other team in their section once (either at home or away). The exact matches are determined by the position of the teams in the league table at the time of the split.

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 6 October 2019[1][2]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Jermain Defoe Rangers 9
2 Scotland Ryan Christie Celtic 6
3 England Sam Cosgrove Aberdeen 5
France Odsonne Édouard Celtic
Colombia Alfredo Morelos Rangers
6 Northern Ireland Liam Donnelly Motherwell 4
Scotland Ross Stewart Ross County
8 Wales Ryan Hedges Aberdeen 3
England George Oakley Hamilton Academical
Australia Lyndon Dykes Livingston
Scotland Steven Lawless Livingston
England Connor Goldson Rangers
England James Tavernier Rangers

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Score Date
Scotland Ryan Christie Celtic St Johnstone 7–0 (H) 3 August 2019
England Jermain Defoe Rangers Hibernian 6–1 (H) 11 August 2019
England Jermain Defoe Rangers Hamilton Academical 5–0 (H) 6 October 2019

Attendances[edit]

These are the average attendances of the teams.

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Celtic 174,777 58,877 57,137 58,259 +0.8%
2 Rangers 247,214 49,992 48,793 49,442 −0.2%
3 Hibernian 70,113 19,828 15,315 17,528 −1.2%
4 Heart of Midlothian 63,572 16,711 15,347 15,893 −9.5%
5 Aberdeen 56,568 16,410 13,006 14,142 −5.2%
6 Kilmarnock 24,810 9,196 4,906 6,202 −10.0%
7 Motherwell 24,507 8,822 4,620 6,126 +12.4%
8 St Mirren 24,239 7,332 4,807 6,059 +13.2%
9 Ross County[a] 16,069 4,237 3,637 4,017 +4.4%
10 Livingston 15,978 8,196 2,346 3,994 +9.0%
11 St Johnstone 14,999 6,251 2,349 3,749 −3.6%
12 Hamilton Academical 12,068 5,300 1,075 3,017 +6.6%
League total 744,914 58,877 1,075 15,519 −2.8%

Updated to games played on 6 October 2019
Source: [25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34][35][36]

  1. ^ Club was playing in the Scottish Championship in the previous season.

Awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Ref.
Manager Club Player Club
August Northern Ireland Neil Lennon Celtic France Odsonne Édouard Celtic
September England Steven Gerrard Rangers Colombia Alfredo Morelos Rangers
October
November
December
January Winter Break
February
March
April

Premiership play-offs[edit]

The quarter-finals will be contested between the third and fourth placed teams in the Scottish Championship. The winners will advance to the semi-finals to face the second placed team in the Championship, and the winners of that tie will advance to the final to play-off against the 11th placed team in the Premiership, with the winners securing a place in the 2020–21 Scottish Premiership.

Broadcasting[edit]

Live Matches[edit]

The SPFL permits Sky Sports and BT Sport up to six live home matches between the broadcasters from each club - although this is only four for Rangers and Celtic. Sky Sports and BT Sport's deal allows them to broadcast 30 games each (and the play-offs for BT). The deal roughly provides £21m to SPFL per season.[37] This is the final season of the contract; from 2020–21, Sky Sports will have exclusive rights to Scottish Premiership matches.[38]

Highlights[edit]

Sky Sports hold the rights to Saturday night highlights - however, they do not broadcast a dedicated programme and instead merely show the goals of the Premiership matches on Sky Sports News in their Goals Express programme - which primarily is focused on goals from the English Football League. Gaelic-language channel BBC Alba has the rights to broadcast the repeat in full of 38 Saturday 3pm matches "as live" at 5.30pm. The main Premiership highlights programme is BBC Scotland's Sportscene programme, which shows in-depth highlights of all six Premiership matches every weekend. The SPFL also uploads the goals from every Premiership match onto its YouTube channel - available from 6pm on a Sunday for UK and Ireland viewers and 10pm on a Saturday for those worldwide.

References[edit]

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