Football records in Scotland

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Football in Scotland is a popular professional sport. Founded in 1873,[1] Scotland has the second oldest national football association in the world. The national cup competition, the Scottish Cup, was started in the 1873–74 season. Its trophy is the oldest national sporting trophy in the world.[2] A Scottish football league system was first instituted in 1890, with the creation of the Scottish Football League. A second national cup competition, the Scottish League Cup, was created in the 1946–47 season. This page details the team and individual records set in these competitions.

League competitions[edit]

Team records[edit]

Titles
  • Most top-flight league titles: 54, Rangers[3]
  • Most consecutive league titles: 9, (joint record)[3]
Top-flight appearances
  • Most appearances: 118 seasons, Celtic (1890–present)[4]
Largest victories
Streaks
  • Longest top flight unbeaten run: 62 games, Celtic (20 November 1915 – 21 April 1917)[6][7]
    • Longest top flight unbeaten run (games in all competitions): 69 games (56 in the league), Celtic (15 May 2016 – 13 December 2017)[8][9]
  • Most consecutive top flight wins: 25, Celtic (2003–04)
  • Unbeaten league season:
Attendances
  • Highest attendance: 118,567 - Rangers v Celtic at Ibrox Park, 2 January 1939

Individual[edit]

Goals
Appearances
Goalkeepers
Titles

Scottish Cup[edit]

Team records[edit]

Attendances

Individual[edit]

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Team records[edit]

Attendances
Individual

Transfers[edit]

Record transfer fees paid[edit]

Rank Player From To Fee Date Notes
1 Tore Andre Flo Chelsea Rangers £12,500,000 23 November 2000 [17]
2 Odsonne Édouard Paris Saint-Germain Celtic £9,000,000 15 June 2018 [18]
3 Michael Ball Everton Rangers £6,500,000 20 August 2001 [19][20]
4= Chris Sutton Chelsea Celtic £6,000,000 11 July 2000 [21]
4= John Hartson Coventry City Celtic £6,000,000 2 August 2001 [22]
6 Mikel Arteta Barcelona Rangers £5,800,000 29 June 2002
7= Eyal Berkovic West Ham United Celtic £5,750,000 8 July 1999 [23]
7= Neil Lennon Leicester City Celtic £5,750,000 8 December 2000 [24]
9 Andrei Kanchelskis Fiorentina Rangers £5,500,000 15 July 1998 [25]
10= Lorenzo Amoruso Fiorentina Rangers £5,000,000 29 May 1997
10= Arthur Numan PSV Eindhoven Rangers £5,000,000 18 May 1998
10= Giovanni van Bronckhorst Feyenoord Rangers £5,000,000 6 July 1998

Record transfer fees received[edit]

Rank Player From To Fee Date Notes
1 Victor Wanyama Celtic Southampton £12,500,000 11 July 2013 [26]
2 Virgil van Dijk Celtic Southampton £11,500,000 1 September 2015 [27][28]
3 Fraser Forster Celtic Southampton £10,000,000 9 August 2014 [29]
4 Aiden McGeady Celtic Spartak Moscow £9,500,000 1 August 2010 [30]
5= Craig Gordon Heart of Midlothian Sunderland £9,000,000 8 August 2007 [31]
5= Alan Hutton Rangers Tottenham Hotspur £9,000,000 30 January 2008 [32]
7 Giovanni van Bronckhorst Rangers Arsenal £8,500,000 20 June 2001 [33]
8 Jean-Alain Boumsong Rangers Newcastle United £8,000,000 1 January 2005 [34]
9 Carlos Cuellar Rangers Aston Villa £7,800,000 12 August 2008 [35]
10 Barry Ferguson Rangers Blackburn Rovers £7,500,000 29 August 2003 [36]

Most successful clubs by titles[edit]

Team Domestic European Total
League titles Scottish Cup League Cup Champions League Cup Winner's Cup Europa League Super Cup
Rangers 54 33 27 - 1 - - 115
Celtic 49 38 17 1 - - - 105
Aberdeen 4 7 6 - 1 - 1 19
Heart of Midlothian 4 8 4 - - - - 16
Hibernian 4 3 3 - - - - 10
Queen's Park - 10 - - - - - 10
Kilmarnock 1 3 1 - - - - 5
Dundee United 1 2 2 - - - - 5
Dundee 1 1 3 - - - - 5
Motherwell 1 2 1 - - - - 4
St Mirren - 3 1 - - - - 4
East Fife - 1 3 - - - - 4
Dumbarton 2 1 - - - - - 3
Third Lanark 1 2 - - - - - 3
Clyde - 3 - - - - - 3
Falkirk - 2 - - - - - 2
Dunfermline Athletic - 2 - - - - - 2
Partick Thistle - 1 1 - - - - 2
Inverness Caledonian Thistle - 1 - - - - - 1
St Johnstone - 1 - - - - - 1
Greenock Morton - 1 - - - - - 1
Airdrieonians - 1 - - - - - 1
St Bernard's - 1 - - - - - 1
Raith Rovers - - 1 - - - - 1
Livingston - - 1 - - - - 1
Ross County - - 1 - - - - 1

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Scottish Cup > History & Archives". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
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  18. ^ "Celtic sign French striker Edouard in record deal". AFP. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  19. ^ Conflicting reports as to how much Rangers actually paid, £4m up front with a further £2.5m in installments
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  21. ^ "O'Neill secures Sutton". BBC Sport. 11 July 2000. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  22. ^ "Celtic sign trio on deadline day". BBC Sport. 2 August 2001. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
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  24. ^ Ley, John (7 December 2000). "Lennon realises dream to join his idols Celtic". Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  25. ^ "Kanchelskis move to Rangers". BBC Sport. 15 July 1998. 
  26. ^ "Victor Wanyama completes £12.5m move to Southampton from Celtic". The Guardian. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  27. ^ Hynter, David (1 September 2015). "Virgil van Dijk signs for Southampton from Celtic for £11.5m". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  28. ^ Celtic reportedly received further funds when van Dijk was sold by Southampton to Liverpool in January 2018, due to a sell-on clause in the deal agreed between Celtic and Southampton (BBC Sport).
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  30. ^ "Aiden McGeady completes record move to Spartak Moscow". BBC Sport. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  31. ^ "Sunderland's Craig Gordon sidelined by fractured arm". BBC Sport. 16 July 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  32. ^ "Spurs complete signing of Hutton". BBC Sport. 30 January 2008. 
  33. ^ "Arsenal sign Van Bronckhorst". BBC Sport,. 20 June 2001. 
  34. ^ "Magpies complete Boumsong signing". BBC Sport. 2 January 2005. 
  35. ^ "Cuellar seals £7.8m move to Villa". BBC Sport. 12 August 2008. 
  36. ^ "Rovers sign Ferguson". BBC Sport. 29 August 2003. 

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