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Scottish football : Scottish Premier League 2016/2017 season preview

Celtic win fifth consecutive title

Celtic have won their fifth successive Premiership title in Scotland with two games remaining last term. This is Celtic's 47th top-flight title in their history, placing them seven behind their Old Firm rivals Rangers in the all-time table. Four of the last five titles won by Celtic have been without Rangers in the top flight, but that will change from this season after Mark Warburton's men secured their return to the highest level following the club's liquidation in 2012.

  • Champinos: Celtic (Champions League QR2)
  • Runners-up: Aberdeen (Europa League QR1)
  • Third place: Hearts (Europa League QR1)
  • Cup winners: Hibernian (Europa League QR2)
  • Relegated: Dundee United
  • Promoted: Rangers
teamtitles11/1212/1313/1414/1515/16
Rangers542*----
Celtic4711111
Aberdeen498322
Hearts451012-3
Motherwell1322114
Kilmarnock17991011
Dundee1-12-68
Inverness-104537
St. Johnstone-63644
Ross County --5796
Hamilton----710
Partick Thistle---1089

The overall number of titles (since 1891) for each club in the Scottish Premier League and their league standings in the last five seasons.

* Rangers relegated to the Third Division of the Scottish Football League.

Celtic name Brendan Rodgers as new manager

Celtic have appointed Brendan Rodgers as their new manager. The former Liverpool, Swansea City, Reading and Watford boss has signed a 12-month rolling contract to replace Ronny Deila, who departed the Scottish champions at the end of the season. Rodgers, 43, Rhas been out of work since being sacked by Liverpool last October after more than three years in charge. Deila won back-to-back titles after taking office in June 2014. Yet his tenure was defined by a series of failures in Europe. After Celtic's Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Rangers in April, it was announced that the Norwegian would leave the club.

This page is introduction to the 2016/2017 Scottish Premier League season. Latest news, statistics, results and predictions you can find on our main Euro Football > Scotland page.

Richie Foran takes over as Inverness manager

Long-serving Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker and captain Richie Foran has been appointed their new manager on a four-year contract. The 35-year-old succeeds John Hughes, who left the club in May. Hughes won a Scottish Cup in 2015, finished third in the Premiership the same season and got the club into Europe for the first time. Things deteriorated slightly last term, a harsh injury list not helping as Inverness finished seventh, and Hughes quit the club because of disagreements over the budget. However, Foran believes he will able to attract exciting footballers to the Highland captial.

#teampointsg.dif.win-draw-loss
1Celtic866226-8-4 (38)
2Aberdeen711422-5-11 (38)
3Hearts651918-11-9 (38)
4St. Johnstone56316-8-14 (38)
5Motherwell50-1615-5-18 (38)
6Ross County48-614-6-18 (38)
1Inverness52614-10-14 (38)
2Dundee48-411-15-12 (38)
3Partick46-912-10-16 (38)
4Hamilton43-2111-10-17 (38)
5Kilmarnock36-239-9-20 (38)
6Dundee United28-258-7-23 (38)

The SPL standings for season 2015/2016.

Can Rangers end Celtic's recent dominance?

Rangers are returning to the Premiership after four years in the lower divisions, and will be looking to mount an immediate assault on the title, which has been won by their Old Firm rivals in each of the past five campaigns. Beating Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final a few months ago has given the Rangers fans genuine belief that their team can challenge Celtic for the Premireship crown. The battle for third place is between Aberdeen and Hearts according to bookmakers.

teamoddsteamodds
Celtic1.33Inverness501
Rangers3.5Dundee501
Aberdeen21Ross County501
Hearts34Kilmarnock1001
Motherwell251Partick1001
St Johnstone251Hamilton1001

The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2016/17 Scottish football league.

Scottish Cup finals in last five seasons

2016   Hibernian - Rangers   3:2
2015   Inverness Caledonian Thistle - Falkirk   2:1
2014   St. Johnstone - Dundee United   2:0
2013   Celtic - Hibernian   3:0
2012   Hearts - Hibernian   5:1

Scottish League Cup finals in last five seasons

2016   Ross County - Hibernian   2:1
2015   Celtic - Dundee United   2:0
2014   Aberdeen - Inverness   0:0   (4:2 penalties)
2013   St. Mirren - Hearts   3:2
2012   Kilmarnock - Celtic   1:0

key players
(transfer market value in m€)

Aberdeen

Goalkeeper Joe Lewis (0.4); Defense: Mark Reynolds (0.7), Andy Considine (0.6), Graeme Shinnie (0.6), Ash Taylor (0.5); Midfield: Ryan Jack (0.9), Jonny Hayes (0.8), Niall McGinn (0.8), Kenny McLean (0.7); Forward: Adam Rooney (0.7), Jayden Stockley (0.3).

Celtic Glasgow

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon (1.5); Defense: Mikael Lustig (3.5), Jozo Simunovic (3), Emilio Izaguirre (3), Charlie Mulgrew (2.8); Midfield: Patrick Roberts (5), Scott Brown (4.5), Stefan Johansen (3), Kris Commons (3); Forward: Moussa Dembele (3), Leigh Griffiths (2).

Dundee

Goalkeeper Scott Bain (0.4); Defense: Darren O'Dea (0.5), James McPake (0.4), Kevin Holt (0.3), Mark O'Hara (0.3); Midfield: Greg Stewart (0.6), Paul McGowan (0.5), Gary Harkins (0.4), Danny Williams (0.3); Forward: Rory Loy (0.4), Craig Wighton (0.2).

Hamilton

Goalkeeper Gary Woods (0.3); Defense: Georgios Sarris (0.4), Antons Kurakins (0.4), Jesus Garcia Tena (0.4), Michael Devlin (0.3); Midfield: Ali Crawford (0.7), Grant Gillespie (0.4), Dougie Imrie (0.4), Darian Mackinnon (0.3); Forward: Alexandre D'Acol (0.3), Eamonn Brophy (0.1).

Hearts

Goalkeeper Jack Hamilton (0.1); Defense: Faycal Rherras (0.7), John Souttar (0.5), Callum Paterson (0.5); Midfield: Perry Kitchen (0.7), Jamie Walker (0.7), Prince Buaben (0.5), Arnaud Djoum (0.5); Forward: Tony Watt (1.5), Juanma (0.5), Conor Sammon (0.5).

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams (0.3); Defense: Josh Meekings (0.5), David Raven (0.4), Gary Warren (0.4), Kevin McNaughton (0.3); Midfield: Greg Tansey (0.4), Aaron Doran (0.4), Iain Vigurs (0.4), Ross Draper (0.4); Forward: Scott Boden (0.1), Alex Fisher (0.1).

Kilmarnock

Goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald (0.4); Defense: Conrad Balatoni (0.3), Miles Addison (0.3), Steven Smith (0.2), Jonathan Burn (0.1); Midfield: Gary Dicker (0.5), Rory McKenzie (0.3), Callum McFadzean (0.1); Forward: Kris Boyd (0.4), Josh Magennis (0.3), Souleymane Coulibaly (0.3).

Motherwell

Goalkeeper Craig Samson (0.4); Defense: Stephen McManus (0.5), Stevie Hammell (0.4), Joe Chalmers (0.3), Louis Laing (0.2); Midfield: Keith Lasley (0.4), Lionel Ainsworth (0.4), Marvin Johnson (0.2), Dominic Thomas (0.2); Forward: Scott McDonald (0.6), James McFadden (0.5).

Partick Thistle

Goalkeeper Tomas Cerny (0.6); Defense: Ziggy Gordon (0.5), Callum Booth (0.3), Mustapha Dumbuya (0.3); Midfield: Chris Erskine (0.5), Stuart Bannigan (0.4), Abdul Osman (0.4), Sean Welsh (0.4), Steven Lawless (0.3); Forward: Kris Doolan (0.4), Mathias Pogba (0.2).

Rangers

Goalkeeper Matt Gilks (0.5); Defense: Lee Wallace (0.9), Clint Hill (0.5), Danny Wilson (0.5), Rob Kiernan (0.5); Midfield: Joey Barton (1.5), Niko Kranjcar (1.5), Jordan Rossiter (0.8), Michael O'Halloran (0.5); Forward: Martyn Waghorn (0.8), Kenny Miller (0.4).

Ross County

Goalkeeper Scott Fox (0.5); Defense: Jay McEveley (0.5), Andrew Davies (0.5), Paul Quinn (0.5), Scott Boyd (0.4), Chris Robertson (0.4); Midfield: Michael Gardyne (0.4), Martin Woods (0.3), Jonathan Franks (0.3); Forward: Alex Schalk (0.4), Liam Boyce (0.3).

St. Johnstone

Goalkeeper Alan Mannus (0.5); Defense: Dave MacKay (0.5), Steven Anderson (0.5), Brian Easton (0.4); Midfield: David Wotherspoon (0.7), Chris Millar (0.5), Murray Davidson (0.5), Paul Paton (0.4), Liam Craig (0.4); Forward: Steve MacLean (0.5), Graham Cummins (0.3).

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